January Children’s Choice: Polar Bears

Winter is in full swing, and with it comes the cold weather. Few animals are more closely associated with the cold than the majestic polar bear. With their snow white coats they blend perfectly with their snowy surroundings. As we are all inside keeping warm, it is the perfect season to learn about these beautiful, endangered animals. We have 3 titles picked out to highlight polar bears for kids. The first is a storybook for younger children filled with gorgeous illustrations, the second is a non-fiction book for further learning, and the last is a family friendly movie. There is also a display here at the library featuring even more books and movies to go along with the theme. We hope you enjoy reading and watching these along with your favorite little bear cubs!

The Three Snow Bears by  Jan Brett

the three snow bearsAloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That’s because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear’s bed.Jan traveled to the far North to meet the Inuit people and see the amazing land where they live. Dramatic illustrations capture the shimmering ice, snow and deep blue seas of the Arctic, and when Jan adds a raven-haired Inuit girl and her appealing huskies, an endearing family of polar bears, and playful Arctic animals in the borders, the result is one of her most beautiful picture books.

The decorative Inuit patterns and clothing Jan uses throughout are sure to attract adult fans and collectors while children will want to listen to and look at this exciting version of a well-loved story over and over again.

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Polar Bears by  Norbert Rosing

polar bearsAn essential introduction to the North’s most spectacular species. 

Polar Bears brings together acclaimed photographer Norbert Rosing’s vibrant images and his firsthand knowledge of the Arctic to chronicle a year in the life of the polar bear, the Earth’s largest land predator. The book is organized into four sections, spring, summer, fall and winter, each with an introductory essay.

Young readers will learn about tiny newborn cubs, weighing barely 2 pounds, and see them follow their mother across the frozen tundra, playing and learning survival skills as they go. Informative captions describe a polar bear’s physical characteristics and how it survives in the bitter Arctic. The book also shows the other animals that share the Far North’s breathtaking scenery.

Each year more than 10,000 people travel to remote Churchill, Manitoba, to watch and study polar bears, but the Earth’s climate is changing, and the bear’s future is in question. At this critical time comes Polar Bears, the perfect introduction to the mighty Nanook from one of its most impassioned advocates.

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“Arctic Tale”

arctic taleNanu, a polar bear cub, and Seela, a young walrus, live and grow to maturity in the frozen wilderness of the North, where the tundra has been a haven to their kind for countless generations. Now Nanu, Seela and the rest of the Arctic’s wildlife experience the diminishment of their environment, as global warming literally melts the ice beneath them.

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