By Jo Marshall
llustrated by D.W. Murray
Published by CreateSpace on January 21, 2011
264 pages – ages 9+
Taken from the Twig stories website – ”Twigs are impish stick creatures – not much taller than robins. Tiny leaves sprout from their arms and legs, and their toes are very curly like roots. Their long, leafy hair can be many different colors – emerald, bronze, flaming red, and gold, for example. Twigs live in all sorts of trees, but the knotholes of enormous ancient cedars, big leaf maple, silver-leafed poplar, and whitebark pine are their favorite havens.”
Leaf is back on another adventure! This time, Leaf’s Mumma and Pappo ask Leaf to look after his twin brothers because they are taking Leaf’s sister off on an “adventure” (to check on something from the end of the 2nd book). After an exhausting time of babysitting, Buddy and Burba (the twins) fall asleep. Leaf decides to take a nap too. The only problem with this plan is that the twins were only faking and when Leaf goes to sleep, the twins sneak out! The twins decide they want to go and see the “Long Ice,” a giant glacier on Echo Peak (a mountain). The twins don’t know all the dangers that are at the glacier. When Leaf finds out their plot, he has to race to rescue them so they don’t get hurt!
This is the third book in the Twig Stories series and this one is as good as the others (see my reviews of book 1, Leaf and the Rushing Waters HERE and book 2, Leaf and the Sky of Fire HERE)! Like books 1 and 2, Leaf and the Long Ice has an environmental theme. This book has a message about global warming and what may happen because of it. The action and adventure in the book is great and it isn’t too scary for younger kids. Ms. Marshall writes very well for children. The twig characters are very unique and I love reading about them. Leaf is a great main character. I like the environmental messages in Ms. Marshall’s books because they are important for kids to learn about. I also love the illustrations in the books! Take a look –
To learn where to purchase the Twig Story books and to learn more about them, please visit the Twig Stories website by clicking HERE! There are also great activities on Ms. Marshall’s site.
I can’t wait to read book 4 (Leaf and Echo Peak) when it comes out later this year!