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Ice Bear's Cave

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When the children wake up one morning the air is silent and the room is full of soft blue light."It's snowed!" says Alice. "It's like the North Pole!" But their father warns them to beware of stumbling upon the Ice Bear's cave, and thus begins an icy adventure.
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Overview

When the children wake up one morning the air is silent and the room is full of soft blue light."It's snowed!" says Alice. "It's like the North Pole!" But their father warns them to beware of stumbling upon the Ice Bear's cave, and thus begins an icy adventure.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Three young children awake to discover that their farm is covered in snow. They decide to use their snow day to go exploring. Before they set forth, their father mentions the cave of the ice bear, a very secret bear that lives in the deepest snow drifts. He tells them it is probably just a fairy tale, but of course they find the ice bear's cave. They meet the ice bear and he tells them about life in the Arctic. The story begins with a firm grounding in reality and moves to fantasy. The fantasy world is not undermined by any explanations of dreams or imagination. Young readers are left with the belief that they might meet an ice bear if the snow drifts are deep enough to form an ice bear's cave. North American readers may be confused by Wellingtons, sledges, and torches, but the illustrations help to clarify boots, sleds, and flashlights. Although it is a nice story, it lacks finesse in the telling. 2002, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 7.
— Renée Englot
Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A heavy snowfall means Alice and her siblings get a day off from school. This calls for an expedition to the North Pole-or at least to the snowdrifts by the red barn. Then Dad suggests that they might come across the Ice Bear's Cave-or maybe that's just a fairy tale. After riding their sleds and having a snowball fight, the children dig a tunnel and discover the Ice Bear on the other side. He shares their lunch and describes his life in the frozen lands where he lives. After saying good-bye, the siblings arrive home, and their father encourages them to keep their adventure a secret. Readers will wonder whether the bear was real or imaginary. Axtell's impressionistic paintings have a dreamy quality that perfectly matches the tone of the text, which tells a story flavored with a bit of magic and mystery. A nice addition for libraries needing more winter tales, but not an essential purchase.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780006646280
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years

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