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Summary: When Robert, listening on his radio in the Midwest, learns from an Airship Captain that the Polar Ice Pack has cracked in several places, he knew that could spell trouble for Santa, and Christmas. Can Robert get help to Santa from where he sits in Middle America? This is a holiday story with lessons for all year 'round.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Age of Child: Started reading with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He found the pictures irresistable. Our sometimes wiggly listener was spell-bound.
Adult Reader Reaction: What a great story. It's wonderful to find holiday treasures that go beyond the norm … and this one does that splendidly.
Pros: The story goes well beyond Christmas, and mixes ecology, geography, airships, and hobbies in an engaging way. Both budding hobbyists/scientists and experienced ones will enjoy this story.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! Anyone looking for a a "buy book" for the holidays can expect this one to get dog-eared quickly. It has great utility beyond the holidays and will grow with your child. It is worth the investment.
Educational Themes: The story gives parents plenty to take away for later use in exploring or expanding on the topics: airships, weather stations, weather, geography, ecology, radio hobbies, radio waves.