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Baby Polar loves cuddling up with Mama Polar—until the snow starts to fall. Then he wants to play! He loves catching the tasty flakes on his tongue and zigzagging across the ice. When the winds begin to gust and the snow becomes a blizzard, Baby Polar knows it's time to go back to his mother. But now the whole world is covered in white. Where could Mama Polar be? This tender, lyrical story with vibrant collage illustrations perfectly captures the excitement and wonder of a young child's first ...

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Baby Polar loves cuddling up with Mama Polar—until the snow starts to fall. Then he wants to play! He loves catching the tasty flakes on his tongue and zigzagging across the ice. When the winds begin to gust and the snow becomes a blizzard, Baby Polar knows it's time to go back to his mother. But now the whole world is covered in white. Where could Mama Polar be? This tender, lyrical story with vibrant collage illustrations perfectly captures the excitement and wonder of a young child's first independent adventure.

 

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"This winning tale of mother and child is sweetly circular. The simple text is replete with warmth, humor and gentle suspense; every Baby Polar or child will find something to appreciate here."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Despite the Arctic chill, it's a cozy vision of family."--Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
A baby polar bear finds refuge underneath the warm body and four legs of his mother, Mama Polar: “He didn’t feel the icy wind there. And he could hear the beating of his mother’s heart.” Playing in the snow before a big storm, Baby Polar tastes snowflakes, makes a Snow Goose, and skates across the ice before realizing he’s lost. Balouch’s (The Ghost Catcher) digitally created polar bears and their surroundings are shown in flat, collage-like compositions. The polar bear bodies, the hail of driving snow, the swirl of gale winds and Mama Polar’s visible pink and red heart are crisply outlined, and their interactions generate drama, as the massive Mama Polar looms over her tiny offspring or, when he is lost, spiraling winds and snow assail him. Murphy’s (Ahwoooooooo!) skillful pacing creates just enough suspense before Baby Polar is safe again. Mama Polar’s reassuring, offhand manner provides an additional smile of relief: “Yes, I’m Mama Polar. But who are you? Are you a little snowball that has rolled into me?” Despite the Arctic chill, it’s a cozy vision of family. Ages 3–5. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
With snow flakes falling on every page, the icy, polar climate portrayed here could almost penetrate one's bones; but the warmth of the love between Mama Polar and her cub keeps the reader in a zone of snuggly comfort. The title page close-up-look at Baby Polar bear sets the tone for the rest of the book—simple, but filled with personality. Mama Polar bear stands with her cub beneath her protective body and Baby Polar imagines it is like being in a cave. Mama Polar's cave is not "made of stone or rock, but of her thick fur and warm body." Baby Polar could even hear her heart beating. Having been alerted by the illustration on the dedication page that Mama Polar often serves as a mountain of snow for Baby to slide down, readers may already guess that Mama will have to become part of the landscape later on in the book. After warning her cub that a big snow storm is coming, Mama lets the little one go exploring in the beautiful world of falling "crystals." Baby Polar tastes the snow, frolics about, and makes trails in the ever deepening snow. Young listeners will feel Baby Polar's dismay when he calls for his mother after having become lost in the wild, blowing storm. When he finally finds a mound of snow, he digs into the "hill" and realizes it is "warm, like a cave." "And he could hear the beating of his mother's heart." The reunion is a joyous one and both Polars are delighted to be together to share the beauty of the snow. The last page replays the opening one with the same sentiment that mama's beating heart provides warmth and love. The icy blues and greens of the art with the swirling patterns and driving snow are a perfect match for the text. This is a charming book to readat bedtime, snuggling warmly with a little one. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS—Baby Polar is playing in the snow, even though his mama warns him of the coming storm. Caught when the snow and wind hit, the cub loses his way and cannot see his mother. He finally manages to dig his way to a nice, warm cave for shelter—one that he eventually discovers has the warm, beating heart of his own mama. The illustrations are digitally produced and beautifully designed. Stylized white snowflakes and polar bear figures set against a blue gray background convey well the icy coldness of the storm. Although the text is slight, momentarily losing one's mother is a major concern for preschoolers. The book's reassuring conclusion offers a satisfying story for that audience, as well as an introduction to polar bears and their Arctic world.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
A storm is coming, but this baby polar bear wants to play. "Only for a little while. This might be a big storm," says his mother, who has a huge furry body that surrounds him like a warm cave. Balouch's digital art resembles cut paper, creating a vivid winter atmosphere as it shows Baby Polar frolicking merrily in the snow, and playful, nicely descriptive text curves around the page to capture his movements. As the sky grows dark, Baby Polar looks for his mother and can't find her. After searching, he protects himself by digging a hole in the snow for warmth and protection. It's almost like a cave, almost like . . . wait, there's her heartbeat! And in an instant Baby Polar is safe again. This winning tale of mother and child is sweetly circular. The simple text is replete with warmth, humor and gentle suspense; every Baby Polar-or child-will find something to appreciate here. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544339194
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,377,910
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Yannick Murphy's first children's book was Ahwoooooooo! She has received the Whiting Writers Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for her writing for adults. She lives with her family in Vermont and you can read more about her at www.yannickmurphy.com.

Kristen Balouch was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and the winner of the the Erza Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for her first book, The Mystery Bottle. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, and is on the web at www.kristenbalouch.com.

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