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Mark the Mountain Guide: Avalanche! Hardcover – October 27, 2008


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Mark Seaton is an internationally qualified Mountain Guide who has lived and worked in the European Alps since 1992. He lives with his wife Jane, their daughters Andrea, Florence and Sophie, and their Bernese mountain dog, Leo, in the Chamonix Valley. Lorna and Graham Philpot are an ingenious collaborative team. Anthony Ant and his Extraordinary Underground Maze became an instant success when it was first published in 1990 in the UK, USA, and Canada. It won the coveted Best Picture Book 1994 award, voted for by the Federation of Children's Books in the United Kingdom. Anthony Ant's success blossomed into a collection of books and a major TV series. Lorna and Graham Philpot live with their three children, Leonie, Henrietta and Maddox in London.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Boxer Books Limited (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905417993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905417995
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,019,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Felix on December 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Written by a real mountain guide & illustrated by a gifted & prolific children's artist, "Mark the Mountain Guide" books are a fantastic way to introduce kids to mountain culture. They offer an exciting enticement to both learn reading skills & get out from behind the computer to spend time outside.

This, the first book of the series, begins with an avalanche that blocks the path to the Marmot Mountaineering School, requiring Mark & his band of friends to climb out over the Applestrudelhorn to return to the village.

Most of the characters are engaging animals, including Leo the Mountain Dog and three little Marmot Mountaineers. The book's illustrations are delightfully evocative watercolors of mountain scenes and climbers, full of the detail that kid's love to explore. They include a map and an introductory overview of all the places visited in the story. My personal favorite is a two-page spread of stars and a glowing igloo perched above a moonlit fairytale landscape of steep ice, rock and snow.

At the end of the story, an instructional section explains more about some of the phenomena encountered along the way, including child-friendly explanations of what causes an avalanche, how mountains are formed and why stars are so bright at altitude. A glossary defines mountain-related words from the story, including terms like avalanche, crampon, gorge, glacier and mountaineer.

This section also includes practical information to get kids started on their mountaineering careers, like how to build an igloo, what a mountaineer wears and carries in his pack, and how to tie a couple of useful knots. To facilitate this particular skill, the book includes a toy carabiner and a length of accessory cord.

I also recommend the second book of the series: Mark the Mountain Guide and the Compass Adventure
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I bought this for my two year old as a way to share my love for the mountains and climbing to him in book form. We spend lot of time outdoors, but this is a way to bring these things indoors. A fun book as well as pretty credible when it comes to techniques and what not related to adventures in the mountains.
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By Dustin Dalton on December 20, 2013
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What a wonderful book!! I got this for my 4 year old son. He loves hiking, camping, and rock climbing. He is going to absolutely LOVE this book!!! Shipping was super fast also!
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