Polar Bear

Holiday House/Neal Porter. Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823449163.
Gr 2-5–A gripping drama captured in scientifically rich but not overwhelming text. The Sibert Medal-winning team (Honeybee) now takes readers to the Arctic to witness the life of a mother polar bear and her cubs. Emerging from winter with two children, after months of living off her stored fat, the mother must now find food. Seamlessly blending details about polar bears into a dramatic tale, Fleming takes readers to the water’s edge where the mother bear hunts for ringed seals in the icy waters of springtime on the Hudson Bay. Climate change has made the life of a polar bear even more challenging, and the author has done a masterful job of connecting readers to the plight of this one family. Neither illustrations nor book design anthropomorphize the animals but readers will be on the edge of their seats as they follow the trio on their journey of survival, made all the more treacherous by a warming planet. Back matter, including a caption-rich diagram of a polar bear, additional resources for more learning, and ideas for the fight against climate change are included.
VERDICT Gorgeous illustrations capture a fragile ecosystem, making this an outstanding collaboration that belongs in all library collections.

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