What Is It like to Be Icy?
Icy fears losing his value and being rejected by animal friends
Several years ago, I and my wife Nancy took a sea and land trip to Alaska. The first part of the trip was an ocean cruise starting in Vancouver, Canada. Our cruise traveled along Alaska’s coastline for several days. During these days at sea, watching the ice and snow piling up and the natural processes in making the iceberg, Icy—the main character of my children’s storybook, Icy the Iceberg—was born.
Icy goes through transformations, in thousands of years, from a small snowflake to a huge glacier to the giant iceberg that we know him to be. When a whole bunch of glaciers fall into the water, they combine to make one huge iceberg. This process is called ice calving.
Gigantic icebergs can be both dangerous and formidable to passing ships. Everyone thinks an iceberg caused the Titanic to sink in 1912. But hey! As glaciers, they are refuge for our northern animal friends like the arctic foxes and, down south, the polar bears, penguins, and albatrosses. During this time as an iceberg is when Icy delights in being with his friends.
However, he does not remain an iceberg forever. When the temperature is hot enough, he slowly melts from solid to liquid. When the environment becomes too hot, Icy turns into air. Up in the sky, when the temperature is just right, Icy turns to rainwater again, then snow, and then he returns as an iceberg again.
Environmentalists say glaciers provide water, essential in keeping the ecosystem thriving. Not only that, glaciers and icebergs draw tourism, help construction projects, and provide running water that propels small hydroelectric energy along rivers. That means icebergs don’t just help our animal friends; they must also be appreciated for their value to human existence and to the world.
However, Icy fears not only rejection but neglect and the disappearance of friends. Because when the environment becomes too hot, a great part of Icy would melt which could mean enormous floods that could devastate Mother Earth.
Have you done your part in making sure Mother Earth is safe? Help your children get to know Icy’s story in my most adorable book, Icy the Iceberg, available online at www.larryfriendbooks.com. Feel free to express your thoughts by leaving a comment below. You may also share your insights with me through Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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Rossignol, Alice. 2010. “Tale of Two Glaciers: Downstream of India’s Melting Glaciers”. EJ Magazine, December 6. Accessed June 6, 2018. http://news.jrn.msu.edu/ejmagazine/2010/12/06/tale-of-two-glaciers-living-downstream-of-india%E2%80%99s-melting-glaciers/.