Children's Literature - Donna FreedmanThis reference book provides both basic and esoteric facts. For example, kids will find out that a polar bear's tongue is "a strange violet color," and that the ears of Arctic foxes and hares are short because long ones would lose too much body heat to frigid temperatures. Chinery writes simply yet evocatively, a style that takes young readers seriously. The illustrators do a pretty good job, except that the snarling wolves look a bit like hyenas, and the grizzly and polar bears scowl as though they have hangovers. Overall, Polar Animals is a good choice for budding naturalists, or for a classroom bookshelf. 1994 (orig.
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