Climb On!

NorthSouth. Feb. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9780735844810.
PreS-Gr 3–This tale begins as a young girl greets her father one morning and suggests they climb to the top of the summit; Dad thinks it’s a great day for futbol. The reluctant father and his anxious young daughter gather their supplies and head off on their hike. Alcántara sets the stage for the hike, with vibrant images of a jungle laden with lush green leaves, colorful animals, and flowers as the young girl and her father encounter bugs, a swing, a ladder, and much more. The father looks as if he’s had enough when the young girl slips on a rock, but then the young girl complains she’s tired. Her father encourages her to climb onto his back as he declares that they are almost there. The story, with all the familiar beats of give and take between parent and child, delivers on the promise of a great hike. The banter is spot-on, and the duo’s feeling of accomplishment radiates off the page.
VERDICT A story of perseverance, this is a nice additional purchase for shelves about the outdoors or about relationships.

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