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Mark the Mountain Guide Hardcover – 27 Oct 2008
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It's a beautiful morning at the Marmot Mountaineering School, when an enormous avalanche suddenly blocks the path back to High Alp Village. An exciting adventure ensues, as Mark the Mountain Guide helps his students to get home safely. The book features a play section, packed with facts and tips on safe mountaineering, and comes complete with a mini replica carabiner. A new action series, perfect for little adventurers! Discover more about Mark the Mountain Guide by clicking here
About the Author
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.
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Mark Seaton is a proper mountain guide and you can tell in the detail of the book and in a quick glance at his website. The background is that he and David Bennett, a publisher of children's books, conceived the book while they climbed Mont Blanc together. Graham Philpot, a gifted and prolific children's artist best known as the creator of Antony Ant, illustrates the books. The quintessential British Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington provides the book's introduction and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association [IFMGA] offers their seal of approval to the technical section at the end of the book.
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 kids 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 have now progressed to giving the book out to grown ups!
Mark the Mountain Guide takes his student mountaineers on an adventure where they cross a gorge, traverse a glacier and climb a mountain. The story cleverly weaves in facts about climbing equipment and mountain terminology as well as introducing concepts on how to keep safe in the mountains. Once the story is complete the book provides well illustrated explanations on Mark's mountain equipment and some interesting mountain facts.
The book comes complete with a mini carabiner and rope for the little ones to practise tying themselves in knots.
I don't know what sort of age it is intended for but I have been giving it to all ages.
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