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Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains: 01/03/10
Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains by Dawn Menge is the follow up book to Queen Vernita's Visitors. From reviews I've read of the first book has the same narrative style as the second: being a combination of the months of the year, with each month having a new visitor and new appropriately themed activities.
In Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains, the queen goes to the snowy north, to a fictional equivalent to Alaska where she hosts twelve different guests over the course of the year. Each month the queen and her guest do something relevant to the time of the year. Their activities introduce children to facts about the artic circle.
I enjoyed the story and the facts but feel the presentation of both needs some work. The illustrations of Queen Vernita are colorful and inviting but are crammed onto a single side with the typed text equally crammed on the following page. It gives the book the feeling of being longer than it really is and the drawings and text don't work together as well as they could if two were combined.
Book was sent to me for review by the author.