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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Marisa And The Mountains by George M. Johnson is about a girl who lives deep in the mountains. Tall pine trees surround her. Her brother loves the mountains and likes hiking the hills, but Marisa is fearful of bears and cougars. She doesn’t like walking uphill, but she certainly loves riding her bike downhill. The only thing that isn’t fun is having to walk back up the hill with her bike in tow. Tobogganing is also fun, but sometimes there is too much snow and she gets stuck. When the snow is bad, she has to play inside. The snow stays on some of the mountain peaks all year long and the water in the lake is cold well into summer. This particular summer she visits her cousin in Saskatchewan. Unlike her home, Saskatchewan is flat and she doesn’t care too much for it. She can’t believe how flat the prairie is, and soon enough she is at her destination. She is introduced to her cousin Rosie who looks a lot like her. Marisa enjoys doing things that she normally wouldn’t at home. When she gets back to the mountains, she realizes that she does love them, and sets out to draw Rosie a picture of the mountains she will see when she comes to visit.
I thought Marisa And The Mountains was a fun and unique read. It gives children a glimpse of life in an environment that is different from their own. The story describes all the sights and sounds that would surround you if you lived in the mountains. Marisa is also a very adorable character that I think a lot of children can relate to. She teaches the young reader a very important lesson, which is to appreciate what you have. Sometimes it takes stepping away and going elsewhere before you realize this. The illustrations are also beautifully done and fit with the storyline perfectly. George M. Johnson has done a wonderful job with this children’s book and I cannot wait to see his other works.