Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue

Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue

by Jennifer Keats Curtis


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Follow the rescue of orphaned polar bear Kali (pronounced Cully) from the Inupiat village of Kali (Point Lay in English) to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage to his new home at the Buffalo Zoo in New York with Luna, a female polar bear. This photographic journey beautifully captures the remarkable development of the cub, who initially drinks from a baby bottle, sucks his paw for comfort, and sleeps with a “blankie” as he rapidly grows into the largest land carnivore on earth. This work of narrative nonfiction includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 54-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Kali's Story is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628552171
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 610,328
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. In addition to Moonlight Crab Count, After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl's Rescue, Kali's Story (Children's Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale, some of Jennifer's other recent titles include Seahorses, Osprey Adventure and Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at www.jenniferkeatscurtis.com.

John Gomes' passion for photography is evident through his nature and Alaskan-focused images. A self-taught photographer going back to the "manual" camera days, John's photos capture Alaskan life including mushing (sled-dog racing) and rodeos. John has been the Alaska Zoo's official volunteer photographer for over ten years and has spent countless hours capturing magnificent images of baby and adult animals, including bears, goats, coyotes, foxes, and porcupines. To see more of John's photos, visit his website at www.akjohn.com.

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Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Kali's Story is an absolutely delightful, sweet story of the rescue of a three-month-old polar bear cub whose mother had died. From the very onset of the kind man rescuing Kali to his adoption by the Buffalo Zoo, the pictures and text take the young reader through rescue, care, play, and needs that his rescuers and "foster home" provide. The reader learns that the cub can't drink from a bowl, but needs a bottle. That he needs play time and his care givers provide romps in the snow. That he needs to learn the survival skill of swimming. The photography captures moments endearing and informative. I can recommend this delightful book to home, public, and school libraries. It is a delightful companion book to Polar Bears and Penguins previously reviewed on ACS Reader's Haven Reviews. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary review copy of Kali's Story was provided by Abordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely our own. No compensation was received for this review.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Cute orphaned baby polar bear What can be done to rescue an orphaned polar bear cub that is all alone in the wild? Kali is a baby polar bear whose mother has just died. Without her, Kali wouldn’t last long by himself out in the cold. So a man on a snowmobile takes the little bear to his village. The villagers put him on a plane and send him to a wildlife vet in North Slope Borough. From there, he goes on another plane ride to the Alaska Zoo. However, the zoo already has two adult polar bears, so it can provide only a temporary place for him. Will Kali ever find a permanent home? And if so, where? Reading or hearing stories about animals, especially true stories like this one told by author Jennifer Keats Curtis, is fascinating for youngsters, and the full-color photographs by John Gomes make it all that more real. Children will delight to see pictures of Kali as he drinks from a big bottle, plays with balls, and sleeps with his stuffed toy. The educational value of Kali’s Story is enhanced by the four “For Creative Minds” pages in the back of the book with additional information on polar bears and how they are adapted for life in the Arctic, and a teaching activities guide is available at the publisher’s website. Did you know that the polar bear is the largest land carnivore on earth?