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2010 Award
Where Do Polar Bears Live?
( by Sarah L. Thomson/ illus. by Jason Chin, HarperCollins $16.99 Score: )

Newest in the Let's Read and Find Out series, this is an informative book about Polar Bears that is designed for young readers. Beginning with a mother bear popping out of her den, followed by her cub, this young science book traces the life of the two as the cub grows. There is a little tug of war here between the sweet fuzzy images of the Polar cub and the harsh reality of the Arctic scene. The facts of life here include the need for seals as food, with an illustration that includes the bloody hunt. Although most of the action is off-stage, so to speak, there are bloody traces on the ice as well as in the mouth of a beautiful Arctic fox, who makes off with a scrap of seal meat. Unlike most books in this series, a bit of fiction has been added with a Polar Bear Professor character appearing here and there with some facts. There is also an image of a polar bear on a scale weighing-in to show how the climate changes may threaten the animals of the Arctic, not to mention the rest of the planet. Some young and literal readers may find this switch from fact to fancy a little confusing. The author does offer some ideas of things kids can do to protect the Polar Bears. These are pretty big issues for young readers, yet perhaps school aged kids are not too young to begin to care about how their actions can cause reactions for the good.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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