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The World of the Polar Bear Hardcover – September 12, 2006

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Ask people to choose an animal iconic to the Arctic, and most will pick the polar bear. The largest of the land-based carnivores, polar bears roam the sea ice around the North Pole and retreat to the land in spring and summer when the ice melts. German photographer Rosing has produced probably the best collection of images of polar bears and their arctic habitat ever assembled in one place in this stunning new book. Following the bears through the four seasons, the author shows a cub's first tentative steps outside the snow cave in which he was born. Summer finds the bears stranded on shore as Hudson Bay melts, and they turn to whatever food they can find. In autumn, the bears gather around Churchill, waiting for the freeze and providing great opportunities for capturing play behavior on film. When winter finally freezes the bay, the bears reenter their true element, crisscrossing the sea ice with their attendant arctic foxes. Nancy Bent
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Follows polar bears as they mate, hunt, rear their cubs and journey across the ice. (Kim Castleberry Outdoor Photographer)

Awesome! This incredible photographic journey through the seasons in the world of the polar bear is an absolutely delightful experience... This book is certain to get a lot of attention, whether on display or on the shelf. (Marilyn Brien VOYA)

[The World of the Polar Bear] is, by turns, visually provocative, sumptuously beautiful and emotionally suffering. (Mark Cocker The Guardian 2007-11-24)

Polar bears are the star performers here ... Exceptional reading for all ages. (Lorraine Lauzon Catholic Observer 2007-03-30)

Likely to delight those that seek a glimpse into the life of one of the world's most charismatic species.... beautiful and well presented. ... Rosing is a superb photographer and one who can capture the essence of a polar bear in a diversity of situations. (Andrew E. Derocher, Department of Biological Scien Arctic)

[Starred review] Eighteen years in the making, this volume is filled with spectacular color photos and informative text... This book will delight anyone with an interest in the Arctic or in polar bears, as well as those with an interest in nature or wildlife photography. Highly recommended. (Deborah Emerson Library Journal 2006-10-15)

Hauntingly beautiful images of the Arctic. (Halifax Daily News 2006-09-10)

Breathtaking images. (Shutterbug)

Rosing's photos are beautifully stark, often moving... Text is lively, anecdotal and informative, and never gets in the way of the amazing photography. A book to cherish. (Martin Levin Globe and Mail 2006-08-05)

The captions that accompany the photographs are straightforward and succinct, leaving Rosing's striking images to evoke the cold, unrelenting beauty of Canada's North on their own merit. (Cassandra Drudi Quill and Quire)

Overflowing with stunning photographs... many touching moments captured. (Huixia Sun Embassy (Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly) 2006-12-20)

Rosing has produced probably the best collection of images of polar bears and their Arctic habitat ever assembled in one place in this stunning new book. (Nancy Bent Booklist 2006-10-01)

[One of "Style at Home"'s Top Ten Coffee Table Books] An intimate portrayal of their existence through the seasons. (Kat Tancock Style at Home)

Polar bears and their Arctic neighbours. (Ron Berthel Peterborough Examiner 2006-12-09)

Even if you have never been to the west coast of Hudson Bay, this remarkable book will make you feel as though you have been there. ... This is an engaging look at the great white beasts of the North. ... If you get it as a gift for someone you may not be able to part with it. (Randy Midzain Winnipeg Free Press 2006-12-03)

Crammed full of outstanding images... Norbert Rosing's work is nothing short of spectacular. Of all the photo essays I have seen on the white bears, this is by far the very best. (North American Bear Foundation)

Magnificent... will delight young readers as well as adults. (Liz Pogue Victoria Times-Colonist 2006-10-01)

Breathtaking... a keeper for budding environmentalists and ardent animal lovers. (Canadian Living)

If you buy just one polar bear book this year, make it this one. (National Post 2006-12-02)

Some great shots in this book... [Rosing] shares many tricks and techniques for shooting in this harsh environment... This is a great coffee table book showing spectacular shots of the polar bear at work, rest and play. (Elizabeth Logue Canadian Camera)

Polar bears have been one of [Norbert Rosing's] primary fascinations and this book follows them through the seasons. (Kitchener-Waterloo Record 2006-12-09)

Stunning photographs... Words cannot adequately describe the beauty of the photographs in this book. It is truly a remarkable presentation of a region of the earth that most of us will never get to see firsthand. (Wildlife Activist 2006-12-01)

Covers not only the bears enjoying the snow, but also the walruses and arctic foxes around them. (Derwent May The Times, London)

Rosing's gorgeous full-page polar bear photos capture the world of the Far North like no other.. Sure to be a popular browsing choice... Highly recommended. (The Midwest Book Review: Bookwatch 2007-02-01)

[An] amazing book. (Laila Maalouf Destinations)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554071550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071555
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Andersen on December 28, 2006
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys wildlife or nature. The photos are amazing and there is just enough information about each picture. I've never seen more breathe taking pictures of polar bears and their habitat.
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This is is a beautiful coffee tableThis is a beautiful coffee table book that is under-serviced by its photos online. The quality of the pictures, text and even the manufacturing are excellent. It makes for an amazing gift for anyone who appreciates Polar Bears, Nature or even art books in general.
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Norbert Rosing's gorgeous full-page polar bear photos capture the world of the Far North like no other, appearing in an oversized presentation to properly display the full-page color photos and polar bear information. Here are seasonal shots accompanied by a lively text melding personal observation and experience with natural history fact. Sure to be a popular browsing choice for any public lending library with patrons interested in bears or wildlife, "The World of the Polar Bear" is a highly recommended acquisition.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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This book is beautiful. It is all about Polar Bears up-close and personal. It's a keeper for sure.
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Ours is essentially a tragic age, what about Global Warming? The polar bear is relevant. Scientists believe the polar bear will be the first to be threatened with extinction due to climate change in the North.

The World of the Polar Bear by Norbert Rosing merits close study.

The possible fate of the polar bear places the reality of climate change as a very serious matter to be considered by all of us!

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
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Do not pass this one by. THe World of the Polar Bear is a visual delight. To me it is the epitome of a book for a prominent spot in your home or library. 'Wonderful gift for anyone and especially one who loves wildlife.

The book is stellar because it is not only full of superior photography, but because the photography captures this beauty of nature in poses and landscapes that one could only experience up close in the wild. The work is beautiful.

The book is appropriate now because the bears face possible extinction and having such a timely book will only raise awareness of this issue and hopefully provide motivation for people to support solutions.

I find it hard to be any more specific about this book as how can one put beauty into specific words. It is what it is and I remain awed.
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This was the last piece of a birthday gift to my granddaughter. The photos are beautiful, and the text is intriguing. This is for the whole family to read and enjoy together. I gave it to her with a children's book on polar bears, and an "adoption" certificate for the bears from the World Wildlife Fund. To my great joy, it was my granddaughter's favorite gift.
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This book is amazing in several aspects! The photography itself is breathtaking and not only includes the polar bear as subject - but also it's habitat,(and the other species that share it)with it's seasonal changes. The photography itself increases in incredibility when you stop to think of the ardous task of photographing this beautiful animal without disrupting it's daily life; it's almost as if the polar bears are performing and posing on cue! The photographer brings this process to life in the journal-like entries. This book is appropriate for all ages as it does not exhibit any frightening scenes and only sparse vague descriptive dialog of feedings. Several of the photos are alternately touching and amusing. I hope this book can serve as a wakeup call in preserving this vanishing amazing animal!
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