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A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo Hardcover – March 1, 2006


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PreSchool-Grade 3–Orphaned polar bears are the darlings of this engaging book that chronicles their growth and development at the San Diego Zoo. Only three months old when they first arrived there, Kalluk and Tatqiq are shown adjusting to their new home in large, full-color photographs. Playful and inquisitive, they explore the new exhibit by sniffing and investigating. Kalluk, the braver of the two, is quick to act, while his sister thinks before responding. As in Little Panda (S & S, 2001), Ryder provides two lines of text–one for very young children that consists of short exclamatory sentences in large type, and the second for older readers interested in scientific and developmental information, and set in a smaller, italicized font. Valuable for both curriculum support and recreational reading, this book will win the hearts of many children.–Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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K-Gr. 2. Like Ryder's Little Panda (2004), this photo-essay introduces children to an engaging, true story from the San Diego Zoo (often cumbersomely referred to here as the "World-Famous San Diego Zoo"). The stars are rescued polar bear twins Tatqiq and Kalluk, who progress through the photo-rich pages from needy, quarantined cubs to fully acclimated adults with mastery over their outdoor habitat. The images, all provided by the zoo and most sharply focused and close-up, will elicit coos from readers as they see the cubs taking their first tentative dip in an indoor pool, or emerging brown as grizzlies from a roll in the dirt. However, fact-hoarding youngsters may feel disappointed by a text that favors impressionistic responses to the photos ("Moving outside, white bears look up, gazing at the sky--so big, so blue") and confines more straightforward information to passages printed in tiny, italicized type. This can't replace more thorough nonfiction explorations of these popular beasts, but the immediate view of a poignant zoo drama offers rewarding browsing for animal enthusiasts. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068985871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689858710
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Dickson on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a donation for a book drive and I thought it was wonderful! I think this is something that a child and parent could enjoy together. I'm 21 and I enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures, haha. I think this book would be good for kids from 4-9 because it has largely printed simple sentences for young kids, but also more detailed explanations of the pictures and anecdotal stories for older children too. I remember having books like these about animals as a kid and they really sparked my interest in the natural world. I highly recommend this book and others like it to parents!
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