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Little polar bear finds a friend
De Beer, Hans.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Kleiner Eisbär, nimm mich mit! English
Publication Information:
New York : North-South Books, 1990.
Physical Description:
26 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
While looking for a friend, a little polar bear is caught in a trap and takes a long journey before finally finding his way back home.
General Note:
Translation of: Kleiner Eisbär, nimm mich mit!
Reading Level:
390 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 11565.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 25798 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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While searching for someone to play with, Lars is caught in a trap and finds himself in a cargo plane destined for a zoo.

Author Notes

Illustrator Hans de Beer was born in 1957 in Muiden, the Netherlands. He works as a freelance illustrator for books and children's magazines. He is also the author of the Little Polar Bear series. His books have been published in numerous languages.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. After walking into a trap, Lars the little polar bear finds himself on a zoo-bound plane with a dozen other animals. Thanks to a clever walrus, the animals escape, but the walrus himself is left behind. Lars and a little brown bear named Bea come back for him, and together the trio makes the long, perilous trek to Lars' home. Bea worries that Lars' parents won't accept her as his sister because she isn't white, but things turn out fine because "bears are bears." This is a rather clunky treatment of a theme handled with more finesse elsewhere, but that won't matter to Lars' fans. The illustrations, full-page and cameo watercolors, find as their focus the animals' expressive faces. The pictures are as beguiling as those in de Beer's previous books. ~--Leone McDermott

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-- First introduced in Little Polar Bear (1987) and Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear (1988, both North-South), the frisky cub, Lars, is now captured while searching for a playmate and is placed in an airplane cargo-hold full of animals destined for a zoo. He frees himself and the other animals, traveling back to his Arctic home with a walrus and a small brown bear. The would-be adventure story is so understated that little excitement is generated, and each event is described so briefly that the drama of Lars's capture, escape, and long trek home is downplayed. Instead, the emphasis is on friendship and cooperation, as each animal makes a special contribution to the journey's success. De Beer's subtle promotion of positive relations among races is marred by the bear's feeling that her brown color will make her unacceptable. The overall effect is gently didactic, but not overbearingly so. The large watercolors are appealing and certainly show more energy and emotion than the text. The animals' faces are expressive and slightly comical, and the little round bodies of the cubs are endearing. The size of the illustrations reflects the grandness of the events, and makes them particularly suited for group sharing. --Danita Nichols, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.