The Lonesome Polar Bear

The Lonesome Polar Bear

by Jane Cabrera
     
 
Polar bear is rather lonely. Snow animals meant to keep him company melt away at the end of the day. And they can't swim and splash or play hide-and-seek like a real friend can. A real friend . . . that's just what he needs! And Jane Cabrera's lush, broad style sets the pitch-perfect stage for this wintery tale.

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Polar bear is rather lonely. Snow animals meant to keep him company melt away at the end of the day. And they can't swim and splash or play hide-and-seek like a real friend can. A real friend . . . that's just what he needs! And Jane Cabrera's lush, broad style sets the pitch-perfect stage for this wintery tale.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A lonely polar bear lives in a cold, snowy place, and his only friend is a snow cloud. The cloud loves him, but can not play with him; instead, he tries to make someone who can. Unfortunately, none of the animals he creates to be friends with the bear can actually play. Though the polar bear tries throwing snowballs and swimming in the sea and sharing lunch and playing hide-and-seek, his new "friends" are all unresponsive. The polar bear feels sadder and sadder as first the snow owl, then the snow whale, then the snow seal, and finally the snow reindeer all melt away. That is why he is sure that the polar bear he sees is just a snow polar bear�until a snowflake falls onto the new bear, making him sneeze! Jane Cabrera's illustrations are a charming, light-hearted complement to this sometimes solemn story of friendship and longing. Parents need to prepare their most dramatic sneezes; children are sure to request this book again and again! 2002, Random House, Ages 4 to 8.
— Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A charming picture book about a little polar bear's search for a friend. Although he and a snow cloud love one another, the cub wants someone with whom he can play hide-and-seek or go swimming. The cloud tries to help by making his snow fall down into the shapes of various animals, but each of the snow creatures stands still without playing and melts away by the next day. One morning, the cub comes across what he thinks is a polar bear made of snow. To his amazement, the animal sneezes. The two bears play together with snowflakes provided by their friend the cloud. The simple text is enhanced by the full-page illustrations across spreads. The many different shades of blue, green, and purple of the ice and snow make a wonderful backdrop for the occasional orange fish and bold yellow-orange sky. The visible brush strokes add depth and texture to the art. Foil snowflakes on the cover and spine are a sparkly touch. A nice choice for a winter storytime.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375824104
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/23/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

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