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 Polar bear scientists (Scientists in the field (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt))
 Author: Lourie, Peter

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012)

 Dewey: 599.786
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 80 p., col. ill., col. maps, 23 x 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 588199 ISBN: 9780547283050
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Polar bear -- Research

Price: $22.78

Follow scientists as they scan the vast Alaskan wilderness for these amazing creatures.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 8.30
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 148272
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 11.90
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 56443

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 5 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 5.RF Fluency
   Grade 6 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 6.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 7 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 7.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 7 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 7.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 7 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 7.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 7 → Reading → CCR College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
   Grade 8 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 8.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 8 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 8.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 8 → Reading → CCR College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (12/15/11)
   School Library Journal (03/01/12)
   Booklist (04/15/12)
 The Hornbook (00/03/12)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2012 Gr 5–8—Since the 1960s, wildlife scientists have been studying Alaskan polar bears in their native habitat. Tracking aggressive wild animals via helicopter is a far cry from the stereotype vision of scientists working in a temperature-controlled laboratory. The narrative is a detailed description of such daily duties as chasing down the animals, tattooing them for future identification, weighing them, and drawing blood, all conducted in temperatures that can fall to minus 30°F. Nighttime chores include cleaning the instruments and repacking them for the next day. The full-color photographs are nothing short of stunning. They provide images of the animals staring up at the looming helicopter, mother bears with cubs, and scientists carefully and almost tenderly working on the sedated bears. Included throughout are facts about polar bears as well as the impact of global climate change on their chances for survival.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2012 In this volume from the Scientists in the Field series, Lourie interviews scientists and staff at the Polar Bear Research Project in Barrow, Alaska. Partly because of data collected there over several decades, the polar bear is now officially designated a threatened species. Dr. Steven Amstrup, a veteran of the project, warns that the major threat to the bears today is loss of summer pack ice due to global warming. Although many parts of the book are worthwhile, the most memorable are details of two polar bear capture expeditions. Researchers track down bears by helicopter, shoot them with tranquilizer dart guns, and carry out a series of measurements and medical tests, which include tattooing the bears’ inner lips, marking their backs for identification, and attaching transmitters that enable tracking. Nearly every page of this well-designed book includes at least one clear, color photo or map. The reading level is more challenging than might be expected, given the format. An informative, vicarious trip to the Arctic for polar bear enthusiasts and future scientists. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.

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