Great Polar Bear

Great Polar Bear

by Carolyn Lesser


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“Great polar bear...
how do you survive
on the thick ice covering the deep Arctic Sea?"
Journey into the magnificent and mysterious world of the far north in Great Polar Bear, Carolyn Lesser’s poetic and scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear.

Learn how this impressive animal thrives in one of the harshest — and imperiled — environments in the world. Carolyn Lesser also makes her illustrative debut in Great Polar Bear , using collage to capture the bear hunting, swimming, and playing in the far north. Great Polar Bear is a stunning one-on-one reading and sharing title.

Originally published in 1996 as  The Great Crystal Bear, this stunning edition features all-new artwork from the author. 

Praise for the previous edition ( The Great Crystal Bear):

“Lyrical in tone and accurate in zoological detail, the narrative is ideal for one-on-one sharing.”—School Library Journal

“In a rolling, poetic text, Lesser wonders about the life of a polar bear....She weaves her gentle musings with solid scientific information, as the bear searches for food, traps and eats a seal, and play fights with younger bears to teach them how to battle for a mate.....for primary-graders, this would make an evocative addition to a unit on the Arctic.”—Booklist

“Lesser weaves a surprising number of facts into a lyrical narrative about a year in the life of a polar bear. Readers learn how the bear's hollow white hairs gather sunlight while its black skin absorbs the heat, how it kills and eats and leaves behind meat for other, less able, animals.”—Kirkus Reviews

Great Crystal Bear is exciting, neat and fun to read. It’s a book about a polar bear and how he mates and that he eats seals.....I would recommend this to about anyone who is interested in polar bears.—Taryn Butler, 10, Gold Hill Elementary, Tega Cay, SC, GRP”—The American Scientist, The Scientific Research Society

“Great Crystal Bear is a children’s book that will also appeal to adults, providing a lyrical, impressionistic, and yet factual look at the great white bears....the book is sure to become a favorite during storytime in your house.”—San Diego Zoo member newsletter
“This is a book children will enjoy hearing and reading over and over which will inform them of the life of one solitary animal in the world of large mammals.”—The Open Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633225022
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,202,326
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Lesser is the author of What a Wonderful Day to Be a Cow, Storm on the Desert, and other children’s titles that celebrate the natural world.

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Great Polar Bear 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This story is fiction, but it is scientifically accurate so it is close to a non-fiction book. It shows a year in the life of a full-grown male polar bear. It shows how he travels, hunts, eats, mates, helps teach the young to fight and gradually gets thinner and thinner as the seasons progress, until he starts over again. This book could easily be used when studying Arctic Animals, Ecosystems and Global warming and its affect on wildlife. The story is told in freeform poetry style which is very lyrical and easy to read. The illustrations are wonderful. They are torn paper with some painting. A great addition to a public, school or class library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Downloaded through Netgalley free for an honest review. This would be a great read aloud for elementary. Or, read alone for an older elementary student. The book would be too lengthy for younger elementary kids. But it's cute, informative and lovely to look at!
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
"Great polar bear... how do you survive on the thick ice covering the deep Arctic Sea?" Thus begins the journey of a powerful and impressive polar bear as he roams the barren frozen landscape of the Arctic, solo. The author documents his scientifically accurate movements for about a year. She explains how these magnificent creatures forage for their food, have to rely on a healthy arctic ecosystem and perfect ice creating weather. Ideal ice is critical for their very existence and for future polar bear generations to transpire. Carolyn Lesser uses her beautiful hand-painted and cut-out paper collages to further enrich and enhance her narrative. This book was originally published in 1996 as "The Great Crystal Bear" and since then the author has updated it with all-new artwork for the reader's enjoyment. They truly are spectacular. She cleverly includes at the end of the book: explorer's notes, a map depicting the global location of polar bears, and her own personal journal. I think the book should be geared to a higher age level as it is slower-paced and includes facts that older children will find more interesting than a younger reader. The story is told in freeform poetry style which is very lyrical and therefore easy to read. To me, the illustrations were by far the best part of the book and I do recommend that this book to be included in classrooms and elementary school libraries.