The Little Polar Bear and the Submarine

The Little Polar Bear and the Submarine

by Hans de Beer
     
 

Lars, the little polar bear, loves playing in the snow but this year it has been especially warm and there are only a few hills left which are covered in snow.  One day Lars discovers a submarine in the bay and a funny little Dachshund. The Dachshund explains that he and his master sail the world checking how much of the ice has melted

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Lars, the little polar bear, loves playing in the snow but this year it has been especially warm and there are only a few hills left which are covered in snow.  One day Lars discovers a submarine in the bay and a funny little Dachshund. The Dachshund explains that he and his master sail the world checking how much of the ice has melted away. 
The Dachshund says that two polar cubs are also aboard the submarine, bound for a zoo!  Brave Lars decides sneak on board, rescue them and bring them back to their parents. 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An environmental theme runs through Lars the polar bear’s latest adventure. Temperatures are rising at the North Pole, and while splashing around in the warm water, Lars meets a dachshund from a research submarine. Lars learns that the vessel has rescued two cubs from an ice floe, and he offers to return the cubs to their parents. De Beer gives the bears a (mostly) happy ending, with a fox helping Lars and Co. get back to his parents (though the other bears will have to stay with them until spring). The lack of resolution may disappoint some readers. Ages 3�up. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"The softly colored illustrations will help readers comprehend the plot and the story's fast-moving action." Praise from School Library Journal for The Little Polar Bear.

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Lars returns in another Arctic adventure. This time he meets Freddy, a dachshund who is on a research submarine investigating the melting of the polar ice cap. When Lars learns that the men on the sub have rescued a pair of cubs, he volunteers to return them to their parents. There is tension and suspense when he must sneak them off the submarine: Freddy warns Lars that if he risks being seen, the scientists will want to rescue him, too. But returning Nina and Nonni becomes a harder task than Lars had imagined. With the help of an arctic fox, the three little polar bears find their way back to Lars's parents. Winter is setting in, and the lost cubs must wait until spring to go home. The watercolors are gorgeous, especially the landscapes. While white predominates, De Beer introduces color with the green ocean and many varied hues of the sky. Details on the submarine will keep tech-savvy kids engaged, and younger children will love the adorable cubs and dog. The one disappointment is that Nina and Nonni are not reunited with their parents. Purchase where this series is popular.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews

De Beer's little polar bear, who debuted some 25 years ago, returns in a tale that combines familiar friendship problems with up-to-date concerns.

Global warming has brought a research submarine to lonely Lars' northern home. That warming has also stranded two young polar bears on a floe, and the submarine rescued them, since they were too young to swim. But Lars knows they must be returned to their parents. With the aid of his new dachshund friend (the ship's dog) and his even newer Arctic fox friend (with the best nose in the universe, it knows just where the polar bears live), the cubs will be returned to mama and papa after mild adventure. The story is very gentle, and the possible effects of global warming are only nibbled at; the artwork is sharp and transporting, whether it is the inside of the submarine or the otherworldly landscape, as translucent as the aurora borealis. Geography is a little thin on the ground here. "Lars, the little polar bear, lived at the North Pole," though on the next page, as a result of global warming, readers learn that "Lars' friends and their families had moved farther north," which is a pretty neat trick when you already live as far north as you can get.

As a rudimentary introduction to friendship and environmental issues, if not geography, Lars can still create the mood. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735840300
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,411,824
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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