Big Sky Mountain
Series: Big Sky Mountain
31 Aug. 2021
Paperback / softback
Rosa has come from the city to live with Grandma Nan in the wilds of Big Sky Mountain. And what surprises are in store for her! Grandma Nan is not exactly an ordinary grandma, and Big Sky Mountain is like nowhere Rosa has dreamed about before.
Grandma Nan lives in an old wooden cabin with Albert the moose and Little Pig the pygmy owl, and spends every day out on adventures. From canoeing down rapids to making friends with the local animals, life never stays still for long on Big Sky Mountain!
Rosa has a lot to learn, and when unexpected visitors to the mountain cause a bit of a ruckus, can she rise to the challenge, and be the mountain girl Grandma Nan needs her to be?
InformationBook Type: Early Readers
Age Group: 7 years +
Traffic Lights: Green
Class Novel: No
Good Reads Rating: 4.5/5
Literary Rating: 4/5
When Rosa is dropped off on isolated Big Sky Mountain to live with her grandmother, she's not made very welcome. Grandma Nan is not like other grandmothers: she's outdoorsy, brisk, and no-nonsense. Used to life in the big city, Rosa isn't sure what to make of long treks through the wilderness or sharing a bed with her grandmother. But she soon starts to fall in love with the mountain's wild beauty and discovering the animals can talk is an even greater delight.
When Rosa and Grandma Nan see two furry strangers parachuting into the valley, they set off on a long trek to investigate. They discover that two beavers called Elsie and Iris have been relocated to the mountain to help with landscape degradation. But a hare called Mr Pernicky is enraged. He insists that the river is his and the beavers have no right to build Beavertown there!
When the river floods after the beavers finish their dam, his house is overrun and he's even more enraged. Grandma Nan hurts her ankle in the conflict between hare and beavers! Rosa steps in and calms them down by reminding Mr Pernicky that the beavers have just as much right as him to be there--and that it's everyone's responsibility to look after the mountain. They all work together to get Grandma Nan home.
A story about teamwork, conflict resolution, and the beauty of nature. The brief description of the impact that beavers can have on the landscape around them could lead into discussions about food webs and ecosystems. Rosa's growing love for the outdoors and Grandma Nan's change from gruff to loving makes for a sweet, wholesome story full of adventure.
adventure, family, the outdoors, friends, ecosystem, wildlife, food webs, problem solving, conflict resolution
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