Environmental Science for young listeners.

Summary:

Polar Bear and her brother live in the Arctic. She will stay with her mother for a while, but then it is time to be on her own. Life is getting hard for her. It isn't easy to catch food, and in the summer, when the ice melts, it gets harder to find food.


Parent Perspective:
The author has done an admirable job trying to explain climate change to a young audience using a polar bear as the example. For me, the effort fell flat. While I appreciate that it is a fine line of how much information to give children, the book didn't walk it well. The illustration shows mother and her cubs looking at seals, but does not explain that is a meal. Later, Polar Bear tries to hunt a walrus and attempts to eat a dead seal. As presented, the book raises questions that parents may be uncomfortable answering for their 3-year-old. Likewise, they may not be ready to comprehend the climate change concept or the additional details in the back .


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Bright illustrations set a nice background for this nonfiction picture book about a Polar Bear cub trying to make it on her own in the Arctic.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although not graphic in any way, there is an illustration of part of a dead seal that Polar Bear is attempting to eat. The story hints at - but does not show - Polar Bear eating animals as meals. This may bother some young readers.


Type of Book:
This is a nonfiction picture book about polar bears written for young children.
Educational Themes:

The main text is written for young listeners, but the author includes some more details for adults in the back that can round out the story and explain some of the concepts presented (e.g., global warming).

Reading Level:
2.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Skip. There are better stories for children about the plight of polar bears and climate change.
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Title Polar Bear's Story
Author Harriet Blackford
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2019
Illustrators Manja Stojic
ISBN 9781912757107
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Nature, Science, Animal (Nonfiction), Ecology | Environment

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