Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home!

Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home!

by Hans de Beer
     
 

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In his earlier adventures, Lars, the little polar bear, has often been lost far from home, and each time, someone has helped him get back safely. Now, it's Lars's turn to help when a little tiger named Sasha finds himself lost and alone at the North Pole. Full color.See more details below

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In his earlier adventures, Lars, the little polar bear, has often been lost far from home, and each time, someone has helped him get back safely. Now, it's Lars's turn to help when a little tiger named Sasha finds himself lost and alone at the North Pole. Full color.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Boredom drives little polar bear, Lars, to scrounge in the dump behind the polar research station in search of a tasty snack. He spreads out these morsels beside a railroad car to devour them in peace, but they immediately disappear. A quick peek into the boxcar reveals the thief. Poor Sasha, a Siberian tiger cub who had been on a journey to see the ocean, is lost, very hungry, and terribly homesick. Lars listens to his tale of woe, having learned through his own adventures that everyone can use a helping hand now and then. Sasha's desire to see the ocean puzzles Lar, though, because it bores him so. He helps Sasha get back home, traveling a great distance by train, on foot, and camelback before the cub's nose tells him they're in Siberia, where his parents greet them. Father Tiger sees it as his duty to return the favor and return Lars home safely, taking his son with him so he can see the ocean at last. Father Tiger declares, "There's nothing finer," giving Lars a fresh appreciation for his homeland. Although this is not a snappy page-turner, it is a sweet tale about caring and sharing, encouragement, appreciation, and cooperation. Detailed watercolor illustrations complement the text by providing the needed definitions of distance and travel conditions. A good bedtime selection for sweet dreams.-Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA
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Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home! (, PLB Oct. 15, 1996; 28 pp.; 1-55858-630-X, PLB 1-55858-631-8): Lars, the little polar bear, is bored and hungry. He figures that the skies above the dump will be more interesting than the endless ocean. After assembling an al fresco lunch, he ambles over to the railroad siding to eat; there he encounters a young tiger, Sasha, a wayward train jumper who wants to go home. When the train begins to move, Lars becomes a train jumper, too. They head toward Sasha's home, through the boreal forest, across the high plains, and—it's assumed—to Siberia. Then Sasha's father, with Sasha on his back, takes Lars home. During that trip, Lars gains a new appreciation for his home. De Beer's pen-and-wash illustrations verily summon the landscapes traveled through, and there is the pleasurable curiosity of a tank car covered in Cyrillic writing. Not, perhaps, a geography lesson, but a pleasant tale of a friendly sojourn.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558586314
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Little Polar Bear Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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