Warm colors brighten frigid waters in this humorous tale about standing out, fitting in, and staying cool. -- FOREWORD REVIEWS This is an appealing read-aloud that can be used to generate discussion about classroom and playground dynamics. -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL A warm, funny tale about friendship and fitting in that school-aged children are sure to identify with. Wilfred Walrus and Neville Narwhal are the only kids in Miss Blubber’s class who are not seals. Life is tough being the odd ones out - lunchtimes and football matches and school photos all present challenges to the two outliers. And they don’t even like each other very much! When Betty Beluga joins the class, everything changes. Betty is smart and independent and amazing at football. As a friendship forms, Betty helps the two boys to recognise that being different isn’t always a bad thing! This is Isabella Bunnell’s second children’s book. Her first, Disappearing Acts (2016), was received to much critical acclaim.
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Not fitting in is a popular theme across picture books and middle grade novels. Why fit in when you were born to stand out This old adage couldn’t be truer than in Iced out. The seals, narwhal and walrus all attend Miss Blubbers’s School for Arctic Mammals. Wilfred and Neville just don’t fit it. Sports are not their strong suit, they don’t go to parties and actually they don’t even like each other much! Everything changes when new student Betty Beluga arrives. She does her own thing, goes where she wants, plays games with who she wants. A breath of fresh air for Wilfred and Neville. I love that this book used the Arctic animals, in place of tigers, elephants, giraffes who we might normally find in a children’s picture book. There is so much diversity in the Arctic world, from the weird and wonderful narwhal to the pristinely white beluga. Diversity and being who you are is such a powerful message for children to hear and I will champion this book in my schools, especially in the Autumn term when this message needs to be reiterated. A perfect amount of text make this book easy to read and enjoy and the bold use of colours make it lovely to look through. An brilliant book!
Great book to illustrate the idea that being different is OK. I enjoyed the fact that there was a change of dynamics between the two original characters. I felt like a lot of inferring was needed to read this book, so it will probably require a bit of conversation for the younger readers to understand what is happening and the reasons behind it.