The Fog

illus. by Kenard Pak. 48p. Tundra. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781770494923.
PreS-Gr 2—A small yellow warbler lives on an icy island in the far north. Warble is different from the other birds; he is a serious human-watcher ("#671 BEHATTED BIBLIOPHILIC FEMALE," "#672 BALD-HEADED GLITZY MALE"). One day a warm fog rolls in, and it stays. Warble worries about this change but fails to galvanize his other feathered neighbors, who cannot be bothered. The situation grows worse, and Warble is more isolated and concerned until he spots a new human, "#673 RED-HOODED SPECTACLED FEMALE (JUVENILE)." The two join forces ("CHIRP! CHIRP!" "I'M LISTENING!"). Together, after launching many folded paper boats, they manage to locate other allies around the world—a note from a walrus in eastern Canada, one from a musk ox in Norway, and one from some cats in England. These creatures, too, see the fog and want to fix it, and thus the fog begins to lift and the world around them grows clearer. The pencil, watercolor, and digital illustrations capture the spirit of the story, the beauty of the landscape, and the haunting fog while also adding just the right amount of humor to balance the serious theme. The endpapers cataloguing Warble's human sightings are a treat. The parable-style tale keeps the solution metaphorical and the message clear.
VERDICT This thoughtful selection, full of amusing details, has much to offer readers and listeners who are thinking about the importance of the environment and the need to come together to care for it.

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