Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``It was a big day for Lars''-bigger than he imagined, in fact, as the polar bear cub gets separated from his father and embarks on a fanciful journey. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A little polar bear named Lars lives at the North Pole. His father taught him to swim and catch fish, but one night they were separated and Lars ends up in the tropics. Aided by Henry the hippo, Lars hitches a ride back home with a friendly whale, and there he is reunited with his dad. Aside from the total improbability of the story and the fact that male bears are not involved in raising their offspring, the story of separation and reunion will resonate with kids. They will understand Lars distress and share his joy when he returns safely home. The story and drawings have been repackaged in board book format. 1999 (orig.
Children's Literature - Barbara B. Disckind
Friendship and courage tell the story of Lars, a little polar bear who rescues a hare named Hugo from a deep snowy hole. Quick friends, the two play games. Yet when Hugo is too scared to follow Lars down a steep hill, Lars nicknames him "scaredy-hare." When a fierce snowstorm rages around them, they cannot find their way home. And then the curious polar bear gets trapped in a research station and becomes a "scaredy-bear." Hugo overcomes his own fear to rescue his friend. An "Easy-to-Read Book."
Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Even creatures at the North Pole get lonely. One day, Lars, a little polar bear, discovers Hugo, a little hare, stuck down a deep hole. After Lars rescues Hugo, they become fast friends, running and racing throughout the miles of snow. When Lars gets stuck at a polar station, it is Hugo's turn to do the rescuing. The two soon discover that they are good company for one another. This is an endearing picture book, with soft-colored illustrations that help give a very cold place a warm feel.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Set at the North Pole, this is a gentle beginning reader about Lars, a polar bear who comes upon a little hare in need of rescue. Hugo has somehow gotten himself stranded at the bottom of a deep hole. Lars kicks down a pile of snow that allows Hugo to climb out, and together the new friends set off to find Hugo's home. When they spot a car (with caterpillarlike ``wheels''), they know that they are near the research station. The two of them explore and Lars soon finds himself inside, having fallen through a hole in the roof. It is now Lars's turn to be rescued, and the pair become life-long friends. Other than the snowy terrain, the story could take place anywhere, and this friendship is not unlike that of Lobel's ``Frog and Toad'' (HarperCollins). The softly colored illustrations will help readers comprehend the plot and the story's fast-moving action. Those who have emerged from the decoding stage will find this predictable story just right for reinforcing their reading skills. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA
Little Polar Bear And The Brave Little Hare (32 pp.; PLB Nov. 1; 0-7358-1011-7; PLB 0- 7358-1012-5): Lars (Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home!, 1996, etc.) gains a new friend in his latest adventure. In his trademark pink, purple, and blue pastel-colored arctic landscape, Lars saves Hugo, a nervous hare, from a hole. As fast friends they race, get caught in a storm, snuggle up against one another for warmth, share a picnic, and find their way home, but not before Hugo gets to show his own courage by getting Lars out of a jam. Such teamwork and fond friendship will win readers' hearts while the falling snow and expressive faces will dazzle their eyes. (Picture book. 4-7)
From the Publisher
Children's Literature review of The Little Polar Bear in it's original picture book edition:
"This is an endearing picture book, with soft-colored illustrations that help give a very cold place a warm feel.