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A polar bear cub has lost his mother in the snow-covered forest. Unable to find her after a long search, he decides to build a big white bear out of snow to keep him company while he waits. His forest friends arrive one by one to help him, but when darkness falls, their own mothers call them home. The little white bear is left alone again. The cub cuddles close to the snow bear and falls fast asleep. But listen! As dawn breaks, who comes sniffing and searching through the trees?...

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Overview

A polar bear cub has lost his mother in the snow-covered forest. Unable to find her after a long search, he decides to build a big white bear out of snow to keep him company while he waits. His forest friends arrive one by one to help him, but when darkness falls, their own mothers call them home. The little white bear is left alone again. The cub cuddles close to the snow bear and falls fast asleep. But listen! As dawn breaks, who comes sniffing and searching through the trees?

Nature lovers of all ages will delight in the captivating illustrations and the reassuring story of friendship, teamwork, and a mother's love. On every page, lavish embossing and silver accents gently illuminate the frosty beauty of the forest setting.

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Publishers Weekly
After a polar bear cub is separated from his mother, he seeks comfort with "a snow mother" that his cold-weather friends a musk ox, snow goose, moose, fox, wolf and rabbit help him build. Dawn breaks, and when the cub awakes, he discovers that the snow figure has been replaced by his warm, familiar-smelling mother. The book's "hook" is Kneen's illustrations; as with her The Lonely Scarecrow, they are embossed to evoke the textures of the arctic setting and its inhabitants. Children will readily discern the difference between the smooth feel of the fallen snow and the bumpier surfaces of the animals' coats and feathers. But there's little variation among the textures of the animals themselves and the conceit wears thin quickly. It's ultimately the quiet power of Moss's (The Snoops) writing that compels attention. With alliteration and sibilance, she evokes the hushed landscape of winter: "In the silent forest is a clearing where soft snowflakes fall. But listen! There's padding and pouncing and a snowdrift shivers." Her descriptions bring to life the different ways each animal helps the cub: the bison "heaves a heavy mound of snow with his strong shoulder," while the snow goose "pats down the snow with her wide, webbed feet." All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 1-This square storybook uses elegant embossing and selective foil-paper accents to enhance the scenes of deepest winter. Softened realism shows a sweet-faced polar bear cub that receives assistance in his search for his mother from a musk ox, a snow goose, a moose, and others. Moss provides some poetic phrasing-"There's padding and pouncing, and a snowdrift shivers"-that also lends a rhythmic connectivity. The ending is satisfying but there is no explanation for mother bear's prior whereabouts. Be aware that the double pages are joined at two edges and may not hold up given the heavy usage that the book's appearance assures.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Soft snow falls on this delightful story of a young bear's trust that his mother will find him. Little white bear has become separated from his mother, and decides to wait for her to find him. In the meantime, he starts to make a snow mother to keep him company. As he piles it up, Musk Ox comes and helps him, using his strong shoulder to shift the snow. Then comes Snow Goose, who uses her webbed feet to pat it down. From Moose and Fox, to Wolf and Hare, each of the animals uses their own special strengths to help. Just as they finish, the sun sets and their own mothers call them home . . . all but Little White Bear, who is left alone to cuddle against the snow sculpture. After a warm night, though, the sculpture melts and Little White Bear's own beloved mother finds him at last. Moss (This Is the Tree, 2000, etc.) beautifully portrays the fact that Mom will always find her child, although hopefully no human child will have to wait as long as Little White Bear does. Young children will love to touch these pages-thick card stock allows Kneen (The Golden Egg, not reviewed, etc.) to add texture-the animals feel furry, and the snow has depth. Her gentle illustrations are quite realistic, and the darker animals pop out from the white, snow-covered background. A warm tribute to the love of a child for its mother with a gimmick that doesn't detract. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525466581
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Kneen has illustrated several books for children, including The Twelve Days of Christmas (Dutton). She lives in Cheshire, England.

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

    A wonderful story of a mother's love and one very special little

    A wonderful story of a mother's love and one very special little bear.  I highly recommend this book for your little one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    Very Heart Touching!

    I read this book to my little boy for the 2nd year. This is "our" favorite book. In the end when the baby bear wakes up and the mommy bear is there, my little boy will give me a hug. MUST HAVE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2008

    very cute book!!!

    My girl loves this book/story. Very cute illustrations and nice ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    Touching book of love lost and found

    The Snow Bear is the type of book a mother seeks to have moments of reading while imprinting love on their child. The touching story of a little bear who sleeps against a mother bear made of snow while his real mother is away warms the heart.This is the book you will pick not only for the story but for illustrations so beautiful they linger in your imagination long after the book is completed.This is the type of book you hope becomes a keepsake for your child's child and a loving memory between mom and child.

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