What is this about?: Clara is a young girl who one day meets a Polar Bear who descends from the sky to ask humans to save the earth. I swear, this makes sense in the story.
What else is this about?: Teaching kids about the environment, about the animals being affected by it and learning how to empathise — which is kind of important when you’re fighting the good fight against those who maybe aren’t as open minded to the effects of climate change.
What if you woke up one morning and had the chance to change the world – while still in your pajamas?
This is exactly what happens to 9-year-old Clara, the empowered climate-heroine in Katarina Wallentin’s second children’s book about one girl’s quest to restore the earth’s tainted beauty and the courage she needs to muster when possibility knocks.
In this eco-adventure illustrated by Roser Cusso, that knock comes when Clara is met by a female disgruntled polar-bear who, sick of rising waters and diminishing fish reserves, floats in from the north pole in a red-hot air balloon to find a human cub who will help.
One day, young Clara wakes up to find a polar bear, Kokkai, and a monkey descending from the skies in a red balloon. Kokkai is there to talk to humans, to ask them to change their ways because their exhaust fumes and their cars and factories and airplanes are making things pretty hot in the North Pole.
In fact Kokkai has a climate changer, which will save the world and it’s climate — but they can use it only once and after that, humanity will have to stop using their cars, and airplanes. Choosing an adult impart all this to doesn’t quite work out like she thought, and it’s Clara that steps up and takes action while the adults are arguing — and in fact, there’s a grumpy old lady who plays on people’s fears to keep her cars, and not to listen to Kokkai, our voice of truth and reason.
Clara and the Climate Changer is a book that teaches young children about how the world is changing, and how animals are being affected. It’s kind of hard to ignore a truth when those most affected by it are telling readers something is wrong with their world.
From there, the book teaches readers empathy — for those we consider our allies as well as those that are against us. Anger doesn’t get change made, but empathy does. And in addition there is some glorious art to make sure the lesson hits home.
And best of all? It’s the young children, like Clara and those that are reading this book, that will change the world.