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The Last Polar Bears Unknown Binding – November 30, 2000


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (November 30, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0141307587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141307589
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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About the Author

HARRY HORSE was the author-illustrator of many books for children. He was also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in Great Britain. He died in 2007. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think this is an absolutely wonderful book. The illustations are fantastic and I highly recommend any books by Harry Horse (little lost rabbit for example). The only reason why I have given this book 4 instead of 5 stars is that the explorers bump into penguins in their quest to find polar bears.... There are no penguins in the Arctic region and I do want my children to know that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yankeerat on January 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm not real sure what to make of this one. It tells the story of a grandfather (no name, only "Grandfather") who decides to travel to the North Pole so that he can see a real polar bear in the wild, rather than in captivity. He takes his dog, Roo, (who I'm sure is supposed to be charming, but who I found to be selfish and annoying,) and they set off. This is an epistolary novel, and the letters are all addressed to "Child". Grandfather and Roo set sail on the Unsinkable and head for the North Pole and the Great Bear Ridge (which Grandfather has told Roo is made of ice cream. Whether she believes him or not is unclear.)

To be honest, there is a lot about this book that is unclear. Why does Roo act more like a human than a dog? She talks, cleans, and has an allowance. Even though Grandfather finds the polar bears, is he really at the North Pole? The town of Walrus, where they initially set up camp, is a tiny outpost inhabited by drunken wolves with a taste for rum, and an unusual calendar (the final letter is dated 40 October.) At some point this book takes a turn into the absurd. Grandfather and Roo deal with genuine obstacles on their journey, such as freak snowstorms and food shortages. But they also spend a good part of their time playing golf, which does not seem like a necessary activity when you are a Septuagenarian fulfilling a life-long dream.

But perhaps most puzzling about the book is why it just stops. They reach the polar bears--the end. Admittedly, this is part of a series, and Grandfather and Roo will visit other places around the world, but a tidier ending would have been more satisfying after the whimsy of the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Bloxom on December 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Despite what one reviewer said, silly is funny to a child... and even to a grown up that enjoys children. I found this and all of "The Last ..." tales delightful and my daughter has enjoyed them for years. I highly recommend these tales for children (and good-humored parents).
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