Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier

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Maya & Filippo Visit a GlacierEmbark on an exciting adventure with Maya and Filippo as they travel around the globe on board the Fun Princess, a cruise ship full of surprises. Discover their fascinating ports of call, join them in activities at sea and explore the remarkable world they create for themselves through their thoughts and feelings.

The ship takes the kids to Juneau. Maya and Filippo see Mendenhall Glacier and learn about melting ice, bears, fish and flowers. They discover how feeling grateful brings wonderful things into their lives and they are in for a big surprise!

Five Star Reviews from Readers’ Favorite:

In Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier by Alinka Rutkowska, Maya and Filippo and their parents, plus their cat Otello, set off on another adventure aboard their beautiful cruise ship called the Fun Princess. This time the ship docks in Juneau, a port in Alaska. While they were on the ship, the guide told them about a big glacier in Juneau and they are very excited to see it. Immediately the ship docked, they set off with the guide to see the frozen river. While on the exciting tour, the kids learn about climate change and changing of the seasons and they also learn more about the characteristics of bears and beautiful exotic flowers. The kids remember to be thankful for the food they always have on the ship and are treated to a very wonderful surprise. 

Alinka Rutkowska is back with yet another exciting storybook in the Maya & Filippo series with Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier. If you have been searching for an easy and entertaining way to teach your kids about climate change and its effects on different creatures in the wild, look no further. Like all the other books in the Maya & Filippo series, Alinka Rutkowska once again delivers an exciting kids’ storybook with amazing facts, adventure, and important lessons. I have always been fascinated by the way Alinka Rutkowska takes such big subjects and breaks them down in a way that makes it very easy for kids to understand. This colorfully illustrated book will be a good way to teach your kids about climate change and being grateful, and will even help them add some new words to their vocabulary.

Rating: 5.0 stars. Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers‘ Favorite


Two young children, fascinated by the world around them, engage in another adventure in “Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier” by Alinka Rutkowska. Living on board a cruise ship with their parents and curious cat, Otello, they dock in Juneau, Alaska. Excited to see a glacier, Maya and Filippo set out with their guide. Along the way, they learn about Mendenhall Glacier and the creeks and dry land created when ice melts, where bears and salmon make their homes. The young adventurers discover a bear that is preparing to lunch and learn about them and about how they hibernate. Finally, they discover a fireweed, a flower used to predict the coming of summer and later, of fall. All in all, a happy, fun and educational day for Maya and Filippo also becomes one for young readers.

Alinka Rutkowska offers children a unique way to visit various ports of the world, the latest is “Maya and Filippo Visit a Glacier”. Accompanied by Konrad Checinski’s colorful and creative artwork, children will happily turn pages and are sure to revisit the tale time and again. Parents and teachers will find the quiz at the end of the book helpful for measuring understanding and comprehension. Finally, the “Did You Know?” facts at the end provide further details about bears, the differences between them, and the koalas that Maya and Filippo discovered in Australia on one of their previous adventures, and further facts about the City of Juneau and the State of Alaska. One of a set of Maya and Filippo adventures, the entire series is sure to delight.

Rating: 5.0 stars. Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers‘ Favorite


Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier is a children’s nonfiction book written by Alinka Rutkowska and illustrated by Konrad Checinski. Maya and Filippo have lives filled with adventures as they sail aboard a cruise ship with their parents. The ship has just sailed into Juneau, a port city in Alaska. Maya and Filippo are going on a tour of the city. They’re very excited about the fact that they’ll be seeing Mendenhall Glacier, which the tour guide explains is a frozen river of ice. The guide also discusses how the climate is getting warmer and the effects that is having on the glacier, the land, and the local animals. They also get to see a mother bear with her cubs and learn about hibernation.

Alinka Rutkowska’s nonfiction children’s book, Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier, will entertain children and adults alike as the two adventurous kids tour Juneau, Alaska, and see the glacier there. This author’s books make learning geography fun and exciting. Illustrator Konrad Checinski’s work is cheerful and brightly colored. While I did have some qualms about the tour guide telling the children not to worry about the warming climate and its effects on nature, the author had her text approved by an Alaskan naturalist. There’s also interesting information about fireweed, a native Alaskan plant that signals the change of seasons. Rutkowska also includes a short quiz at the back of this book, as well as information on Alaska and the hibernation cycles of bears. Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier is a fine example of educational adventure-writing for children and is highly recommended.

Rating: 5.0 stars. Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers‘ Favorite


Maya and Filippo Visit a Glacier by Alinka Rutkowska is about the adventures of a brother and sister. They live aboard a cruise ship with their parents and their cat. The cruise ship is called The Fun Princess and they stop at many places all around the world. This time they stop at Alaska where a guide tells them all about glaciers and how climate change can alter things. Glaciers melt when the temperature rises and the water forms small creeks and rivers. They discuss how salmon and other creatures can live in the small rivers and that salmon is a bear’s favourite food. The book then examines bears and their different colours and varieties. The children discover how bears sleep during winter and wake up in summer. This is also when some flowers bloom and change colors and the brother and sister are amazed. 

Alinka Rutkowska delivers an interesting book in Maya and Filippo Visit a Glacier. I liked this book as it was fun as well as educational. The fact that the family actually live on board a cruise ship is unique. The author writes in a way that will capture the attention of a child right from the beginning of the story. Parents will also be impressed because of the educational factor. I especially liked the illustrations which were bright and colourful. At the end of the story there is a quiz about the things covered in the book which I thought was an excellent idea. Overall, I would recommend this book not just for the story but for the fun and educational factor as well.

Reviewed by  Lisa Jones for Readers‘ Favorite


Alinka Rutkowska’s adventurous characters Maya and Filippo have once again boarded their seaworthy home, the cruise ship named Fun Princess, to travel to a new and exciting location. Readers can travel along with them to Juneau, Alaska by picking up a copy of Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier. Join these curious kids as they look upon the beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier, gaze upon the native wildlife of bears and salmon, and feast upon local cuisine. The world is full of exciting destinations and Maya and Filippo invite you to come along on the trip with them. 

Alinka Rutkowska’s books foster a desire to learn about the world and share the many wonders that it has to offer. The illustrations inside are vibrant and whimsical with a childlike quality that young readers can relate to. Maya and Filippo are excited about the world they live in and this exuberance can be infectious. With Rutkowska’s collection, children will be encouraged to view the earth with wide-eyed wonder. In Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier, the author shows children the importance of being thankful for the blessings they have in this world. Whether it is food on the table or a lovely landscape to look upon, our planet has much to offer and be thankful for. This is a reminder that both adults and children alike can learn from. This book is informative and fun at the same time, and this selection from the author’s series hints at more fun about the Fun Princess. I’m curious to see what other places these travelers and Alinka Rutkowska will visit.

Reviewed By Tania Staley for Readers’ Favorite

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