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Grade 1–4—Two children sail in a red research vessel through the pages of this clear and simple explanation of global warming. Colorful, cartoon drawings show the youngsters rescuing a mother polar bear and her two cubs by hauling them onto their boat. Then, beginning with an explanation of the sun's effect on the Earth's atmosphere, they pursue the reasons that the Arctic ice is melting. Without oversimplifying, Wells makes the large concepts of the Greenhouse Effect and the sources of CO2 understandable for young children. He doesn't shy away from the frightening possible effects of warming: floods, drought, and an increase in storm intensity, but he ends with a reassuring list of behaviors that readers can do on their own or discuss with adults. An excellent introduction to the topic for primary-grade children.—Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA
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"An excellent introduction to the topic for primary-grade children."

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"A fine addition to early science collections."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Series: Wells of Knowledge Science
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780807565995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807565995
  • ASIN: 0807565997
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert E. Wells (Robert Ernest Wells) was born in Pasadena, CA in 1940. In the 90s, he began to put words and pictures into the form of children's books, and now in the new century he continues to do so. In 1993 he wrote and illustrated his first book, "Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There is?". Other books include "What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?" (Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, 1996), "What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah?", and his latest book, "Why Do Elephants Need the Sun?". Many of his books have been translated into various other languages.

He and his wife Karen live just outside of Wenatchee, Washington.

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I have really been looking forward to jumping into the Wells of Knowledge science series and this is my first one. I first came across the series as I think four books are on the Sonlight P4/5 list and after looking at the topics and reading more about the series knew we needed to read them all. Last night we watched the first Ice Age movie and this past week we have been reading various Earth Day books for review and when I saw this one in my stack I thought it would fit right in on topic. (We will continue and watch Ice Age 2: the Meltdown tonight. Yay for double feature bargain pack!)

In "Polar Bear, Why is Your World Melting?" so much is introduced and reinforced. The illustrations are fabulous and attractive in my opinion and the wavering font provides fun and interest as well as key words being emphasized in all uppercase letters. The book is about green house gases and the buildup and onto what we can do to help protect our earth. There is plenty of information here to spring board projects from tree planting and recycling to learning about different gases and their cycles.

With this first look into the Wells of Knowledge I am very excited. At first I wondered if it might be completely over her 3.5 year old head but I think it is a great introduction and that it can be read many more times with the benefit of picking up more information each time in the years to come. Eve. The intro and finale with the polar bears was perfect for her animal loving interest.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rene Rodriguez on May 2, 2010
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I wasn't sure if this book would serve its purposes for my class based on the online preview. But when I actually opened the book and used it for my English Class to add to a unit based on Global Warming, it was perfect!
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