The Little Polar Bear and the Submarineby 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
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.
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)
- North-South Books, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.80(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Hans de Beer was born in Muiden, a small town near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He studied illustration at the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Hans de Beer's Little Polar Bear books enjoy great international success. They have been published in 18 languages!
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