Panda and Polar Bear

Panda and Polar Bear

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by Matthew Baek
     
 

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A little polar bear wonders what's beyond his wintry world-and when he falls over the edge of an ice cliff, he finds out! He's soon befriended by a panda who mistakes the mud-covered polar bear for one of his own. The two become quick pals. But what happens when the polar bear's muddy splotches wash off? Will the two bears stay friends?

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Overview

A little polar bear wonders what's beyond his wintry world-and when he falls over the edge of an ice cliff, he finds out! He's soon befriended by a panda who mistakes the mud-covered polar bear for one of his own. The two become quick pals. But what happens when the polar bear's muddy splotches wash off? Will the two bears stay friends?

From the much lauded author of Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear! comes a clever take on a timeless theme. With plenty of heart and humor-plus a gratifying surprise ending-kids are sure to flip back to the beginning for more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Baek’s (Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear!) second outing, a cuddly polar bear tumbles down a cliff into the “green and grassy” world of a panda. There’s an early case of mistaken identity, with the now-muddy polar bear resembling a panda himself; when he’s washed clean, he worries that his new buddy might reject him: “What terrifically splotchy panda bear would want to be friends with a plain white polar bear?” (His fears turn out to be unfounded.) When the polar bear gets homesick, they make a ladder out of bamboo so the polar bear can climb back up the cliff (“My mother told me never to play with food... but I think it’s okay this time,” the panda decides). The final spread pulls back to reveal a zoo, with the polar bear exhibit overlooking the pandas. It’s a quiet book—a feeling echoed in the serene green and blue watercolors—but Baek’s pacing is steady, his artwork is nicely balanced against the text and the issue of difference in friendship is treated with respect. Ages 3–5. (June)
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The simple, lively text folds in light humor as it delivers a positive message about appreciating differences and finding commonalities . . .
Kirkus Reviews
In a maybe-imaginary world where only a steep cliff separates a warm, grassy, bamboo-filled paradise inhabited by panda bears and a wintry wonderland populated by polar bears, one curious young polar bear falls off the cliff and into the mud. When he climbs out looking just like a panda bear, mud-spattered in all the right places, a young panda befriends him. Eventually, panda discovers that polar bear is not what he seemed. Polar begins to tell panda about himself and before he knows it, he's terribly homesick. Panda helps him find a way back up the cliff, but it's obvious from the concluding longshot that the two friends will meet again and share more adventures. Baek's illustrations tell the story with a defter touch than the prose, which suffers from some awkward moments. Done primarily in shades of blue for the polar bears and greens for the pandas, they are delicate, soft and expressive, bringing gentleness to the story and highlighting its message of acceptance and cooperation. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803733596
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/11/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
781,672
Product dimensions:
9.82(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Baek lives near Washington, D.C.

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Panda and Polar Bear 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Strugi More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book, it is part of our regular rotation of bedtime stories. My husband and I both enjoy the story of the friendship of two bears who seem very different on the outside. My son was very impressed when he got to meet the author at our local Barnes and Noble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first grade loved it!!! Was a nice addition to my classroom collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago