Children's LiteratureThis informative nonfiction book in the "Life Cycle" series provides an abundance of interesting facts in an interesting and easy to read presentation. The table of contents lists fourteen chapters, beginning with the explanation of why polar bears are mammals. Each short chapter contains photographs and illustrations in color. One picture illustrates the bear's comparative size from a newborn cub to a mature polar bear. Another picture shows the inside of a polar bear den where the cubs are playing while their mother rests. Most of the pictures have captions with additional information. The chapters progress the growth of the bear until adulthood. Then the book continues with the adult's mating season and the birth of a cub. The bear's hunting and eating habits are explained. One chapter is devoted to information regarding threats to polar bears, such as global warming and poisonous pollution. Important words and phrases are in bold print. A short glossary and index are included on one page. This is an excellent source for students doing research and for all children who enjoy reading about animals. It is written with clarity and appropriate vocabulary. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 8 to 12.
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