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The Snow Bear Hardcover – September 24, 2001


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From Publishers Weekly

After a polar bear cub is separated from his mother, he seeks comfort with "a snow mother" that his cold-weather friends a musk ox, snow goose, moose, fox, wolf and rabbit help him build. Dawn breaks, and when the cub awakes, he discovers that the snow figure has been replaced by his warm, familiar-smelling mother. The book's "hook" is Kneen's illustrations; as with her The Lonely Scarecrow, they are embossed to evoke the textures of the arctic setting and its inhabitants. Children will readily discern the difference between the smooth feel of the fallen snow and the bumpier surfaces of the animals' coats and feathers. But there's little variation among the textures of the animals themselves and the conceit wears thin quickly. It's ultimately the quiet power of Moss's (The Snoops) writing that compels attention. With alliteration and sibilance, she evokes the hushed landscape of winter: "In the silent forest is a clearing where soft snowflakes fall. But listen! There's padding and pouncing and a snowdrift shivers." Her descriptions bring to life the different ways each animal helps the cub: the bison "heaves a heavy mound of snow with his strong shoulder," while the snow goose "pats down the snow with her wide, webbed feet." All ages.

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From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 1-This square storybook uses elegant embossing and selective foil-paper accents to enhance the scenes of deepest winter. Softened realism shows a sweet-faced polar bear cub that receives assistance in his search for his mother from a musk ox, a snow goose, a moose, and others. Moss provides some poetic phrasing-"There's padding and pouncing, and a snowdrift shivers"-that also lends a rhythmic connectivity. The ending is satisfying but there is no explanation for mother bear's prior whereabouts. Be aware that the double pages are joined at two edges and may not hold up given the heavy usage that the book's appearance assures.

Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; English Language edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525466584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525466581
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on December 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic. The illustrations are beyond beautiful, and the story is so cute.
This book tells the story of a little polar bear cub searching for his mother. He gets all of his animal friends, including a fox, rabbit, owl, duck, and more to help him build a mother out of snow. Soon all of his friends have to go home and he is alone, but in the end his mother finds him and he's happy again.
This is an adorable book, and a must read, even if it's only for the illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sf mommy 99 on March 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those wonderful books that you can read to your child at bedtime when they just want to hear the sound of your voice. there is nothing too exciting going on, you can just have your child close their eyes, you can stroke their hair, and read this sweet story. OR, during the day, you can animate all of the animals' voices and have the child touch the great tactile pages. It is a great book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Drake on October 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of my 3 year old daughter's favorites. It has a wonderful story about a little bear searching for his mom, and describes how he and his woodland friends make a substitute snow mom for the night. Beautiful story (For anyone familiar with Chinaberry, I'm sure we'll see this book offered by them soon, it is 'that' quality of a book)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By onie m wallace on January 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My 16 month old grandson loves this book. Easy reading and the pictures of the animals are lovely illustrated. I have purchased another one for a baby shower gift.
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Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful little book! It is the story of a little bear who is lost in the woods. He decides to make a snow bear to comfort him until his mother can find him. Soon all kinds of different animals are coming out of the woods and foliage to help little bear. It is a great story with absolutely wonderful illustrations. It is a pleasure to read and look at.
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