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Little Polar Bear (a little polar bear story) Paperback – March 1, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

"It was a big day for Lars"-bigger than he imagined, in fact, as the polar bear cub gets separated from his father and embarks on a fanciful journey. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The Little Polar Bear 30th Anniversary Edition, a classic tale, with refreshed art in a contemporary format. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Series: a little polar bear story
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402712804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402712807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,562,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
I love this book!! The illustrations are wonderful and they always captured my attention. The story is of a little polar bear, Lars who goes on an adventure away from his clean, white home in the North Pole. He makes a new friend, who helps him on his adventure.
I still love this book. I take it babysitting with me sometimes, and all the kids have liked it too.
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Format: Board book
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Is there anything more adorable than a little white bear?
Our little friend in this book is called Lars and lives at the North Pole. One night the patch of ice, on which he sleeps, breaks away and he starts drifting south on the ocean. Luckily Lars finds a barrel on which to float and after a long time he finds himself on a tropical beach. In this new land everything is green when compared to the whiteness of the North Pole.
Lars meets Henry the hippo and they soon become good friends. Despite the wonders of this new land Lars becomes homesick and wants to find his way back home. Henry suggests Marcus the eagle could help since he has travelled all over the world. Marcus arranges for Samson the whale to take Lars back to the North Pole.
Riding on Samson's back across the oceans Lars eventually is reunited with his father, who is so pleased to see Lars, he catches Samson a nice big fish.
This is a delightful story and is universally acclaimed as a Classic having been published in many languages. The Swiss author Hans De Beer has done both the story and the superb illustrations. The English translation is by Rosemary Lanning. The clarity and crisp attractive style of this book perhaps reflects its Swiss origins.
There is a subtle message to the young readers of this book. The contrast between the all white world of the North Pole and the colorful Tropics could not be stronger. It will give children an awareness and appreciation of the diversities we experience when we travel.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! Hans de Beer wrote a very endearing and captivating story where the reader joins a young polar bear on its accidental journey to an island jungle, where it meets a variety of rain forest critters. The artwork is beautiful and very detailed. I could look at this book for hours. All the writing has been translated into Japanese characters, but the few kanji used have been written with kana in superscript (furigana), so beginners or children can understand and read the complete story more easily. I really enjoyed this book and want to buy other stories in the same series. Who would think a little polar bear could be so addictive?
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Format: Board book
I love reading The Little Polar Bear ~~ it's a darling story about a little polar bear who gets separated from his dad while learning how to hunt. And Lars ends up traveling halfway around the world before he landed on a tropical beach.
For the first time in his life, he sees something different from his icy homeland ~~ trees, different animals and even a chamelon. He makes friends with Henry, the hippomatous. And through Henry, he finds his way home.
The illustrations are among the best. I just love looking at the pictures (so do my babies!) and the story is fun to read. It's a true adventure story guaranteed to get your kid's attention.
1-12-04
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The story comes first in this wonderful illustrated book. The pop-ups might not be spectacular but they are funny and in conjunction with the rest of the illustrations makes a satifying interactive story book adventure. Little Lars' exciting journey starts when the piece of ice he is sleeping on breaks off. You can see Lars on a moving ice floe or clinging to a barrel in a storm, going up and down in the waves. When he arrives many miles later at a tropical destination he meets Henry the hippopotamus in form of a big pop-up. They explore the jungle and Lars learns about a chameleon that changes color and how to climb trees and mountains. But Lars gets homesick and beautiful 3-D illustrations show Marcus the eagle arranging his passage back to the North Pole, and show Lars' journey on the back of Samson the whale back home. Fun to read and play and beautiful to look at. And if you like this one, don't miss Lars' next adventure in "Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear". It features some really fun and improved pop-ups.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lars is a young polar bear who lives in the Arctic and is out hunting with his father. That night, they make piles of snow to protect themselves from the wind. But during the night, the ice begins to crack and Lars's piece breaks off. When he wakes up, he is all alone in the middle of the sea, and as the temperature grows warmer, his piece of ice is melting. He manages to climb on top of a floating barrel; then a storm hits, and he keeps drifting until he comes to a tropical island where he meets a hippopotamus named Henry and an eagle named Marcus. They are nice, but Lars wants to go home. How can Henry and Marcus help Lars? And will the little polar bear ever see his father again?
Several years ago we rented for our weekly family video a full-length 2001 animated Warner Brothers movie The Little Polar Bear based on this book written and illustrated by Dutch author Hans de Beer, who was born in 1957. Of course, the film version is a lot different with many more plot features than are contained in the simple children's picture book, which is a lovely story for youngsters about going different places and experiencing new things but desiring to get back with family. It is well told with bits of subtle humor and detailed pastel illustrations. A board book edition (1999) is available for toddlers, but be forewarned that it is severely abridged, a fact that is not clearly indicated on the back of the book. Other "Little Polar Bear Adventures" by de Beer are Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear; Little Polar Bear Finds a Friend; Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare; Little Polar Bear and the Husky Pup; Little Polar Bear and the Big Balloon; Little Polar Bear and the Reindeer; and Little Polar Bear and the Whales.
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