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Where do polar bears live?
Thomson, Sarah L.
Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Collins, [2010]

Physical Description:
37 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm.
Learn about the life cycle of a polar bear.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 135219.
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QL737.C27 T49 2010 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Arctic might be a bit too chilly for humans to live there, but it is the perfect home for polar bears. But the earth is getting warmer and the ice is melting. Where will the polar bears live? How can we help protect their home?

This is a Stage 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. Let's-Read-And-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

Author Notes

Sarah L. Thomson attended college in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked in publishing. She eventually became a senior editor at HarperCollins Children's Books. She became a full-time author shortly after her first book, The Dragon's Son, was published. Her works include Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, including Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and What Lincoln Said.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Part of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, this title explores a year in the life of a polar bear, focusing on facts about the animal's diet, hunting techniques, and habitat. Thomson also covers the impact of global warming on polar bears' food sources, as a shrinking ice pack makes seal-hunting particularly challenging, and the book's last two pages cover climate change in even more detail, including suggestions for ways that kids can reduce their carbon footprints. A certain amount of anthropomorphism enters the large color illustrations, particularly in the pictures of the polar bear cub that seems more like a small child, albeit with four legs. Still, this is an affecting introduction to polar bears and their threatened existence for young children.--Morning, Todd Copyright 2009 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-This beginning science book opens with fascinating facts about baby polar bears that will capture readers' attention. Moving from discussion of the cubs to more challenging information about climate change and how it affects the animal's diet is a clever way to organize this fact-filled book. A page entitled "Why the World Is Getting Warmer" and another called "What Can You Do?" are appended. Charming illustrations done in frosty shades enhance the text. Most of the vocabulary is easy to interpret in context, and Thomson uses interesting comparisons, such as if a grown polar bear "stood on his hind legs, his head would brush the ceiling of your living room." Well-written text and appealing illustrations make this title a solid addition to natural-history collections.-Rachel Artley, Watertown Elementary School, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.