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


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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: 7.2 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,542,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

Language Notes

Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fun to read and play and beautiful to look at.
C. S. Ogryzlo
A sweet book about a little bear who adventures away from his parents and with the help of a friend, finds his way back.
Renee P. Graham
The clarity and crisp attractive style of this book perhaps reflects its Swiss origins.
"hurburgh"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danie on February 14, 2002
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "hurburgh" on December 13, 2000
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Martinez on April 8, 2000
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on January 12, 2004
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Ogryzlo on January 3, 2001
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee P. Graham on December 29, 2000
A sweet book about a little bear who adventures away from his parents and with the help of a friend, finds his way back. Teaches value of obeying parents. I teach third grade and use it to teach directions, continents, Arctic region facts and the importance of friends and teamwork.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2003
Format: Board book
Little Polar Bear is a very cute story, of a young polar bear named Lars, who was out with his father learning how to hunt. But as the night went on he drifted off to sleep, and something unexpected happened. This thing that happened to Lars taught him about new surroundings, and taught him new things he didnt know. He met some new friends, that he will never forget.
Yes, I would recommend this book becuase of the amazing things Lars goes through with the help of some new friends. There are some parts in the story that will make you smile and laugh.
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