Egyptian Polar Bear

Egyptian Polar Bear

by Joann Adinolfi, JoAnn Adinolfi
     
 

When a polar bear travels to ancient Egypt, he becomes the Royal Playmate of the boy-king Rahotep, and the two help each other overcome feelings of solitude and loneliness. "This book is pure entertainment." -- Kirkus Reviews See more details below

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When a polar bear travels to ancient Egypt, he becomes the Royal Playmate of the boy-king Rahotep, and the two help each other overcome feelings of solitude and loneliness. "This book is pure entertainment." -- Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to the flap copy, this stylish picture book was born when Adinolfi, a first-time author and illustrator, serendipitously stumbled across a scholarly reference to a burial vault for a polar bear in an Egyptian tomb. Whimsically detailed, jewel-bright illustrations-at times reminiscent at times of Peter Sis-lead readers on the fantastical journey of a lonely polar bear named Nanook. A strong current sweeps the bear from his Arctic home to the Egyptian court of the lonely boy king Rahotep, who quickly elects Nanook the Royal Playmate. Adinolfi makes hay with the unlikely juxtaposition of this symbol of the frozen north in the arid North African landscape-we see Nanook nearly capsizing a sleek boat in the crocodile-filled Nile, hunting sphinx and griffin, lumbering through the palace and knocking over statues of gods, at play amid the pyramids, and so on. Intense colors and a lively sense of visual humor give this artwork an effective edge. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Hieroglyphics from an ancient Egyptian tomb are said to mention a burial vault of a polar bear. This wildly imaginative fantasy speculates on how the creature might have come to live with a boy pharoah. Nanook the polar bear floats south from the Arctic on an iceberg through the Straits of Gibralter to the sandy shores of Egypt. Sailors take the huge white bear to King Rahotep's palace in Thebes where the 10-year-old uses good sense and instincts to tame him. Soon Nanook is eating goose from Rahotep's hand. The boy and his new friend sleep, bathe, and hunt together. When the polar bear becomes homesick, Rahotep takes him to the top of the great pyramid where the animal realizes that the same stars shine on Egypt as on the Arctic. Fanciful illustrations feature pastel drawings in hot sunset reds, purples, and oranges. Stylized figures from ancient Egypt are echoed in the drawings. While the writing is a bit clunky, this unusual boy-meets-bear adventure has its engaging moments and the art is great fun.-Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Ilene Cooper
Adinolfi got the idea for her first picture book from a hieroglyphic reference to a polar bear in Egypt. From this, she constructed a tale about Nanook the polar bear who is swept out to sea and winds up in the palace of a young pharaoh, Rahotep. When confronted with the bear, Rahotep must prove his bravery by commanding the bear to sit, but a kindness to Nanook also forges a friendship between boy and beast. Although the premise is interesting, the story itself is slight. However, the pictures are wonderfully inventive, and they introduce Adinolfi as a bright new talent. Using textured backgrounds and colors straight out of sunrises and sunsets, she creates an Egyptian world that is whimsical yet rooted in reality. The art carries the story enough to make this an appealing purchase for larger picture collections.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395680742
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/26/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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