Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
Two books on polar bears were ranked as NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Books for 2012, emphasizing the species' importance in a time of climate change. This attractive book from Bearport is small enough for individual reading, with great photographs from areas like Churchill, Canada to illustrate short paragraphs of middle level text.
Cutlines on each photograph will draw students who might find the main text challenging, expanding the scope of the book and catching the interest of reluctant readers. Insets enlarge key portions of the photographs, like the thick black pads on the bottoms of the predators' feet or a tiny cub inside a den. These features will lead to detailed discussions of adaptations. A good map and extended information about climate change create opportunities to integrate the text with social studies or other curricular areas. The appendices include more facts, information about two prey species (fox and seal), glossary, bibliography, and index.
Review posted on 1/20/2012