In this amusingly quirky chapter book, the late Horse (the Little Rabbit series) tracks an oddball expedition to find polar bears at the North Pole. Comprised of letters a grandfather sends to his grandchild, the story starts aboard a creaky ship (the Unsinkable), which carries him and his opinionated talking dog, Roo, from Aberdeen to the town of Walrus. Grandfather's missives describe storms at sea, a malfunctioning engine that Roo inadvertently fixes and Roo's farfetched yarns about her own seafaring grandfather ("She told us one in which he was swallowed by a whale and lived inside it for two years," writes Grandfather. "He at last escaped by climbing out of the blowhole, and swam all the way back to his ship. He later got a medal for it"). On land, the two encounter drunken wolves, a loner who makes animal sculptures from snow and an Arctic-dwelling penguin whom Grandfather adopts-all before the bear-seeking mission begins. Horse's droll wit extends to his delicate pen-and-ink illustrations, which keep the spotlight trained on the emotive Roo and her animal co-stars. Ages 6-10. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Last Polar Bearsby Harry Horse
Grandfather is off on an expedition to the North Pole to find the Last Polar Bears and with him goes Roo - a dog of character and strong views. The intrepid explorers set sail on the good ship Unsinkable and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Eccentric, moving and very funny, their story is told through a series of extraordinary letters. See more details below
Grandfather is off on an expedition to the North Pole to find the Last Polar Bears and with him goes Roo - a dog of character and strong views. The intrepid explorers set sail on the good ship Unsinkable and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Eccentric, moving and very funny, their story is told through a series of extraordinary letters.
In a series of letters to his grandchild, a 78-year-old man describes his expedition to the North Pole to see the Last Polar Bears before melting snowcaps destroy their habitat. He and his contrary dog, Roo, sail from England aboard the Unsinkable . Eventually, they reach their destination, a town called Walrus, population 17 ½. The bulk of the story takes place here, as Grandfather and Roo encounter unruly, drunk wolves who constantly demand the last of their dried fish, a snow poet and sculptor, and a penguin that Grandfather accidentally knocks out with a golf ball. When the sun and moon are side by side in the sky, Grandfather knows it's time to begin their trek up Great Bear Ridge, and Roo finally becomes useful, pulling the trolley (a golf bag on wheels) full of rations. On the 40th day of October, they reach the top and spy the objects of their quest. This fantasy has many bizarre elements, few of which hold much appeal for children, and the writing has a detached quality. Horse's black-and-white line drawings are full of whimsy, but they can't make up for the story's adult tone.
Alison GrantCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin UK
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Harry Horse was born in Coventry. He wrote and illustrated several children's books - including THE OGOPOGO, which won the Scottish Arts Council Writers' Award. He was well-known as a political cartoonist and produced cartoons for the New Yorker, The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman. Harry died in 2007.
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My 7 year old grandson and I read this together at bedtime over the course of a week. It took him on a fun adventure. Very easy for him to read. He loved Roo and had fun following the excursion on the map included at the front of the book. I enjoyed the fun details in the story. I would highly recommend this to any child who loves nature. I am ordering the rest of "The Last.." books.
I have not read the book, but if it is anything like the movie, then it is GREAT. I <3 Roo!!!