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|Polar bear morning|
Author: Thompson, Lauren
A little polar bear cub ventures out of her den for the first time and meets a new friend.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 157026
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 59813
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/12)
School Library Journal (02/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2012 As they did in Polar Bear Night (2004), Thompson and Savage tell the story of an adventurous cub leaving the safety of her mother’s den to explore the Arctic. This time the cub meets another, and the pair jaunt about, tumbling and racing among the gulls and seals and walruses who share their home. Thompson’s poetic language, crisp and tender all at once (“High above, the seagulls whirl on the wind, calling”), paints a picture of icy, innocent tranquility, unveiling the cubs’ friendship in sweet, simple gestures. Savage restrains his graphic, textural linocut illustrations with subdued palettes of blues and grays, with never more than a few colors per spread, reservedly introducing a contrasting pink or orange to emphasize the warmth of the new friendship. A variety of perspectives, with long, low horizons and bird’s-eye vistas, suggests the space and the quiet. While this harmonious, winsome outing will work well for storytimes, it will also find its way to repeated at-home readings. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Polar Bear Night was a New York Times best-seller and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. This one will be on everyone’s radar. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2013 PreS-K—Polar Bear Night (Scholastic, 2004) and its new companion book, Polar Bear Morning, may well be the first books to reach for when teaching children about the different times of day-or Arctic landscapes and wildlife-or family and friends. While the earlier book ends cozily-a sleeping cub and her mother, darkness, cold, and a congenial moon-Polar Bear Morning opens with the early blue light and a cub who is wide awake long before her mother stirs. An unexpected encounter with another cub is followed by a romp across pages of icy landscape, sky blue and aqua, salmon pink, and the occasional earthier tones used to depict a seal, walrus, and whale. Savage's simple, evocative linocut images once again complement Thompson's gentle text to perfection. This book will be treasured by the youngest of preschoolers to the most worldly kindergarteners.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.