POLAR BEAR, by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, Neal Porter Books, Dec. 6, 2022, Hardcover, $18.99 (ages 4-8)
Polar Bear, by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, explores the life and habitat of a beloved endangered species.
April in the Arctic . . .
Cold winds send snow clouds scuttling across the sky.
Temperatures barely nudge above freezing.
But every now and again,
The cloud cover parts,
The sun shines down,
And the frozen world stretches awake.
As spring approaches in the Arctic, a mother polar bear and her two cubs tentatively emerge from hibernation to explore the changing landscape. When it is time, she takes her cubs on a forty-mile journey, back to their home on the ice. Along the way, she fends off wolves, hunts for food, and swims miles and miles. —Synopsis provided by Neal Porter Books
Polar Bear is a companion book to Fleming and Rohmann’s earlier Honeybee and Giant Squid. This exquisite picture book gives readers a real sense of a polar bear’s life while reading like a story. Fleming’s poetic prose is warm with perfectly timed pauses emphasizing action. Rohmann’s oil paintings are beautiful and expressive. And an amazing gatefold is worthy of hanging on the wall.
Polar Bear is educational and enjoyable. It would be great in a classroom setting as well as at home. It’s one of those books that kids will want to read over and over again.
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