Polar Bear Journey

Polar Bear Journey

by Debbie S. Miller, Jon Van Zyle
     
 

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In a cozy den protected from the sub-zero blizzard raging outside, a mother polar bear gives birth to two tiny cubs. For weeks the cubs grow stronger, until at last it is time to break out of the den and explore the wide world outside. Hunting, swimming, stalking, and traveling across dangerous sea ice are all important survival lessons the cubs must learn from their

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In a cozy den protected from the sub-zero blizzard raging outside, a mother polar bear gives birth to two tiny cubs. For weeks the cubs grow stronger, until at last it is time to break out of the den and explore the wide world outside. Hunting, swimming, stalking, and traveling across dangerous sea ice are all important survival lessons the cubs must learn from their mother before they can venture out on their own.

This insightful look at the world's most distinctive bear combines a moving story line with intriguing bits of information about the animal and its life in the Arctic.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4Lovely acrylic paintings accompany this informative and lyrical text that focuses on a mother polar bear and her two cubs. The blue-gray palette perfectly evokes the frozen and forbidding landscape that the animals travel through after leaving their snug winter den. Polar bear diet, habitat, and parenting behavior are smoothly integrated into the satisfying narrative. Miller's focus on the cubs and their interaction with their mother adds an important dimension to the story. This title is more informative than Joanne Ryder's White Bear, Ice Bear (Morrow, 1989), though the style of illustration is remarkably similar. Thor Larsen's fine Polar Bear Family Book (North-South, 1996) is for older readers. Libraries that have both of these titles might want to add copies of A Polar Bear Journey instead of replacing the Ryder book. Collections needing a well-written nonfiction book will find this a useful purchase.Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
From the Publisher

“Lovely acrylic paintings accompany this informative and lyrical text. . . . Polar bear diet, habitat, and parenting behavior are smoothly integrated into the satisfying narrative.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316572446
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.37(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Debbie S. Miller has written many acclaimed children's books, including Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Jon Van Zyle has collaborated with Debbie S. Miller on seven books for children. They are currently at work on the eighth, Big Alaska. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska.

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