Dear Polar Bear ...


It is quite lonely, not to mention cold, at the North Pole. Polar Bear had the winter blahs, so he decided to ask his friends for help. Over the next few weeks he kept Postman Penguin quite busy, sending letters and receiving answers (and some pretty cool amenities for his igloo!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids love mail, and this book will not only feed that interest, but also lets them explore the world.

Content Awareness Factors:

Sometimes you need to read the text on the page and THEN the letter, sometimes the reverse. It would be nice to have a little envelope cue to help.

Little Kid Reaction

We get lots of requests to read this one. Our daughter particularly likes helping by opening the letters. She has also spent a lot of time just exploring the pages, because the illustrations have a lot to offer, beyond just being paired with the text.

Parent Reaction

What a fun book! Although it's hard to know whether to start with the text or to open the letter, it is fun to read together. We love that you can travel the globe and learn about all kinds of bears.

Type of Book:
This picture book engages kids in reading with the pull-out letters.
Educational Themes:

There is a lot to do with this book. You can cover the globe, meeting a bear from many continents: brown bear (Alaska), koala bear (Australia), panda bear (China), polar bear (Arctic), spectacle bear (Peru), sun bear (Malaysia). You can also use the book as a primer for letter writing, or even start your own letter group.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that's sure to be enjoyed many times, and will grow with your child, particularly as they learn more about the world in school.

Title Dear Polar Bear ...
Author Barry Ablett
Publisher Scholastic Inc. ©
Illustrators Barry Ablett
ISBN 9780545000680
Material Hard Cover
Genres Friendship, Geography
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