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PreS-Gr 2- A well-intentioned but pedestrian rhyming text introduces children to the polar bears' world, from a mother raising cubs to threats posed by global warming. The oversize format features watercolor Arctic scenes that are at their best when shared with a group. The pages leave an overly busy impression, partly because of Walton's detailed style but also because they are printed on paper that features a subtle snowflake background and border. Both the intricate, entwining, plantlike snowflakes and the individual paint dabs representing falling snowflakes catch the light in varying ways, which at times obscure the animals. The author issues a call to action: "across the land/of the midnight sun/the ice is melting.../oh, what can be done? (well, lots can be done.../just turn the page)." The final "Learning Page for Helping the Bears" features three scientific sources, three global-warming organizations, and a list of suggestions that repeat themselves (readers are twice told to turn off the lights and watch less television) even though the section has only four paragraphs.-Ellen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, ORCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.