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Polar Bears

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Huge, powerful and fearless is Nanook, the polar bear. Standing 10 feet tall on its hind legs, reaching more than 1,600 pounds and renowned for its singular ferociousness, the polar bear reigns in the North. It survives on the starkly beautiful arctic tundra, which provides a natural camouflage. And with its tapered profile, tufted ears, snowy white coat, and coal-black eyes and nose, the polar bear is arrestingly photogenic. In this remarkable collection of photographs we discover an animal that is not only a ...

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Overview

Huge, powerful and fearless is Nanook, the polar bear. Standing 10 feet tall on its hind legs, reaching more than 1,600 pounds and renowned for its singular ferociousness, the polar bear reigns in the North. It survives on the starkly beautiful arctic tundra, which provides a natural camouflage. And with its tapered profile, tufted ears, snowy white coat, and coal-black eyes and nose, the polar bear is arrestingly photogenic. In this remarkable collection of photographs we discover an animal that is not only a fierce predator, but also a loving parent and a natural jester. World-renowned photographer Norbert Rosing has been a leader in raising awareness of this majestic but often misunderstood — and increasingly threatened — creature. In Polar Bears 2007, engaging photographs and informative captions invite us into a world that few ever see.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Carolyn Phelan
Offering close-up views of polar bears in the wild, nature photographer Rosing presents an album of excellent color photos divided into four thematic chapters and accompanied by lengthy, informative captions...While Rosing includes plenty of endearing photos, polar bears are shown as predators as well. A memorable pair of pictures shows a herd of walruses before and after they spot the polar bear behind them. The high quality of the photos and their reproduction will draw many readers to this visually appealing book, which provides plenty of worthwhile information in the captions and back matter.
Offering close-up views of polar bears in the wild, nature photographer Rosing presents an album of excellent color photos divided into four thematic chapters and accompanied by lengthy, informative captions. The first chapter looks at cubs as they nurse, play, and follow their attentive mothers, journeying across the snow toward the sea ice. Other chapters consider how polar bears' bodies have adapted to their arctic habitat, what challenges the habitat presents, and which other animals live there. A section of related information about polar bears, a range map, and a short list of recommended Internet sites round out the presentation. While Rosing includes plenty of endearing photos, polar bears are shown as predators as well. A memorable pair of pictures shows a herd of walruses before and after they spot the polar bear behind them. The high quality of the photos and their reproduction will draw many readers to this visually appealing book, which provides plenty of worthwhile information in the captions and back matter.
Resource Links - Victoria Powell
This book gives a wonderful visual exploration of the world of the polar bear. The text, which does accompany the photographs, is quite accessible and provides some very interesting information. While the reading level of the text is directed more toward adolescent and adult readers, younger readers will certainly appreciate the photographs. This book could be used in a study of endangered wildlife or a geographical study of Canada's Arctic.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The author of Face to Face with Polar Bears (National Geographic, 2007) and several other polar-bear books has compiled yet another one. A one-page introduction is followed by a collection of large, eye-catching color photographs with informative captions. The pictures show a cub's first steps outside the den, interactions with its mother, and survival behavior in the Arctic environment. Close-up shots of the animal's fur and feet show its adaptations to cold weather. Food sources and other creatures that live in this habitat are covered in a separate chapter. Back matter includes a list of facts, Internet sites, a map, and a helpful index. The polar bear's endangered status is mentioned but not dwelled on. Readers are shown the beauty of this majestic animal, and they will marvel at the exceptional photos and what they learn from the captions. This book will be a hot item in libraries.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554076239
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/4/2010
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 634,194
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Norbert Rosing, author of The World of the Polar Bear, is a frequent visitor to the coastal region of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, where he photographs polar bears. He has received many awards for his work and is a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine.

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