- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: WordSong (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590783441
- ISBN-13: 978-1590783443
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,128,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Polar Bear, Arctic Hare: Poems of the Frozen North Hardcover – March 1, 2007
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–In this precisely rendered collection, 24 Arctic-inspired poems (in a style reminiscent of Aileen Fisher's) are matched with 12 spreads of acrylic paintings of the region's flora and fauna. Subjects include the Arctic hare, lemming, narwhal, caribou, musk-ox, ptarmigan, Arctic poppy, and snow flea. The poetry's natural pacing lends itself to reading the work through as a picture book. The art is done in a bright palette of cold white and chilly blues mixed with the yellows and oranges of spring and summer. In one illustration, a polar bear cub investigates a bumble bee that hovers above his nose, while buntings and terns dart by: The Arctic bumblebee can sting/if it so has a mind to–/although it's rather nice to know/it seldom seems inclined to. The final pages include additional quick facts on the animals along with a small icon from the original illustration so that children can readily connect the new information with the earlier poem/illustration. Well paced, with a strong relationship between illustration and poetry, this book will help children understand this vital ecosystem and the beauty of its wildlife.–Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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From "Caribou" ("Thrumming and drumming / Caribou coming / Romping and stomping") to "Polar Bear Family," cuddling in a sheltered winter place, the rhythmic poems in this picture-book collection combine simple wordplay with exciting biological fact to present the sights and sounds of animals in the wild, icy landscape. A few of the full-spread paintings are too pretty (the beluga whale is almost smiling), but most extend the words and show the animals and landscape close-up: the musk oxen in their shaggy brown coats standing in the snow; the iceberg with jagged spears, "shimmering silently." At the end, three illustrated pages fill in facts, including a note about the Arctic tern, which flies 22,000 miles to the Antarctic and back again every year, following the summer sun. This offers plenty to read aloud and talk about in classes across the curriculum. Hazel Rochman
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