It Bears Repeating

Penguin/Tundra. Aug. 2024. 24p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781774880555.
PreS-Gr 2–Polar bears and their antics are the vehicle for this beautiful counting book by two Inuit creators. Tagaq shares the story of, at first, one polar bear “stretching up to sniff the air” and adding on until there are “ten waving bears” after a day of playing, hunting, and sleeping. Pootoogook captures the bears on a spare background with a playful energy that will delight children and their caregivers as they examine the changes in shape and form of the bears making their way through the day together. There is a reference to a story time video of the author reading the book, which will add to the appreciation of both the English and Inuktitut that make up the lyrical text.
VERDICT Rich language and striking illustrations take this counting book beyond the standard fare. A real treat and recommended.

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