The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale

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A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life, forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale.

An old woman adopts and raises a polar bear cub which grows up and provides for her even after she has had to send it away to save it from the jealous men of the village.

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Overview

A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life, forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale.

An old woman adopts and raises a polar bear cub which grows up and provides for her even after she has had to send it away to save it from the jealous men of the village.

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"A whimsical tale in which an old Eskimo-Inuit woman adopts an orphan polar bear cub that provides food for her as it grows up. When the men of the village grow jealous of the animal's superior hunting ability and decide to kill it, she sends it away. . . . Illustrated in muted pastel colors, the pictures capture this stark, yet beautiful, winter world. The clothing styles are of Greenland Inuit but the landscape could be anywhere in the Arctic. The author gives explanations about the background and her research into Inuit tales. A heartwarming selection to fill requests for multicultural picture books and/or books on this region." School Library Journal
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K-Gr 2A whimsical tale in which an old Eskimo-Inuit woman adopts an orphan polar bear cub that provides food for her as it grows up. When the men of the village grow jealous of the animal's superior hunting ability and decide to kill it, she sends it away. For years afterward, she walks far out on the ice and meets the bear, who brings her salmon and seal. The story gives a picture of motherly love toward an "adopted child," one the woman will love always. "Little Bear," a selection in The Dancing Fox (Morrow, 1997), edited by John Bierhorst, is a similar tale, but the villains in that retelling are neighboring villagers who threaten to kill the bear since it is catching their food sources, and the woman and bear are never reunited. Thus, Polar Bear Son has a more satisfying ending. Illustrated in muted pastel colors, the pictures capture this stark, yet beautiful, winter world. The clothing styles are of Greenland Inuit but the landscape could be anywhere in the Arctic. The author gives explanations about the background and her research into Inuit tales. A heartwarming selection to fill requests for multicultural picture books and/or books on this region.Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395975671
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Language: French
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 204,104
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.31 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Dabcovich is the author/illustrator of many books for children. She lives with her husband in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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    Posted September 23, 2013

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    Posted September 27, 2013

    Wavekit

    ??????? He looks at his mom very hungry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Nursery

    A abandon bear den, located next to the app's den. There are raspberry bushes hiding the enterance. Inside there is a spacious cave. The ground is a carpet of elk fur, so te kits who live her dont need to worry about getting hurt.

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