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Little Polar Bear and the Whales
     

Little Polar Bear and the Whales

by Hans de Beer
 

Little Polar Bear, the beloved young hero of seven popular previous adventures, finds his arctic homeland is warmer than usual this year, which creates a problem for his friends, the Beluga whales. Parents and children will love reading this warm story of friendship together. Hans de Beers stunning watercolors bring to life Lars, the Little Polar Bear in this

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Little Polar Bear, the beloved young hero of seven popular previous adventures, finds his arctic homeland is warmer than usual this year, which creates a problem for his friends, the Beluga whales. Parents and children will love reading this warm story of friendship together. Hans de Beers stunning watercolors bring to life Lars, the Little Polar Bear in this latest edition in the popular Little Polar Bear series. Lars (the Little Polar Bear) leads the Beluga whales to safety from illegals hunters, and glaciers that threaten to seal the bay.

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Lars, a young polar bear, emerges into the warm—too warm—spring in the North Pole. After bathing in a melted snow pool, he goes exploring. He meets Conny, a cormorant, discovers a wrecked old whaling ship, and makes some new friends—a pod of beluga whales and a huge gray whale named Moby. But Lars' day takes a bad turn when Moby reports an illegal whaling ship following him. Lars to the rescue! He remembers a small bay, ringed by glaciers, too small for a ship to enter. Their hiding place foils their human predators. But the warm spring weather causes glaciers to fall, trapping the whales. Fortunately, Lars is not out of ideas; he and Conny rig up an escape. This book's illustrations are charming and young readers will get a gentle warning about illegal whaling and global warming. If you like animal characters who think and talk like humans plus improbable whale stunts, this book is for you. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

First introduced in Little Polar Bear (NorthSouth, 1987), the sweet cub is back in this ninth book in the series. Lars is excited that spring has finally arrived and on his walk along the big bay, he meets up with a group of belugas. He and the whales have a wonderful time swimming and playing until a ship comes into the bay in pursuit of a giant sperm whale. Realizing that they are in danger, Lars helps his friends elude the hunters. When the men leave, the friends discover they have a new problem. Hiding behind the glaciers saved them from the poachers but the warm spring air has caused large chunks of ice to fall into the water, and the exit is now blocked. Working together, the friends free themselves and promise to meet again soon. Full-page color illustrations with special attention to facial expressions enhance the text. Little Bear's fans are sure to enjoy this appealing addition.-Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735822092
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Little Polar Bear (Hardcover) Series
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 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

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