Climbing the Volcano: A Journey in Haiku

Holiday House/Neal Porter. Jan. 2024. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823451661.
PreS-Gr 3–An amazing adventure written entirely in haiku. Manley takes readers through a hike to the summit of a mountain. The details conveyed in each set of three lines fully express the journey through the levels up the mountain path. Readers join in the traveler’s experience and in the end, will want to find their own mountains to climb. Besides simply sharing the book in story hours, educators can use it in poetry lessons, story writing, the study of mountain ecosystems, nature hikes, and more. Mann’s deceptively simple sketches communicate a vast array of colors, textures, diversity, and warmth in the world; readers will want to pore over every detail on every page. It is a clean, crisp story with simple, comfortable art that exudes adventure, curiosity and the intricacies of the natural world.
VERDICT A small quest, told in a short-poem form that has a wide-ranging impact, this one little volume can be used and enjoyed in so many ways.

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