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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Tundra Mouse Mountain
by Riitta Jalonen
Age Range: 6-8
Tundra Mouse Mountain is an evocative and lyrical story from Finland following Sari and her mother as they set out on a journey to the Arctic. For Sariís mother it is a chance to recreate a childhood memory, but for Sari it is a completely new adventure. Through their eyes the reader experiences the aura and atmosphere of the Arctic as well as capturing the unique bond between mother and daughter.
Sariís observations, from the subject of freckles and elks, to the descriptions of her wonder of the natural world are vividly brought to life by Kriistina Louhiís luminous illustrations and Riitta Jalonenís eloquent prose, which have been carefully translation and adaptation by novelist J.M. Ledgard. It is through the poignant moments of self-discovery that Sari soon realises that the inner journey shared with her mother is the most rewarding part of the journey. This is an ideal picture book for the slightly older age group but is also suitable for reading aloud.