Ooh, and this book too! We read it in bear school and it reminded me of my mom *sniff*
Borealis: A Polar Bear Cub’s First Year, by Rebecca L. Grambo, photography by Daniel J. Cox; Walrus Books, 2003; 48 pp., $14.95, paper
Children who love comforting stories about mothers and their babies will like Borealis, the bear of many questions. As he goes through his first year with his mother by his side, they discover where a cub is born and what he needs to learn to survive. “How do we catch a seal Mama? Why have foxes been following us? Why are all the other bears here? Mama, do you ever get tired of me asking questions?”
There are encounters with arctic animals—ptarmigans, arctic foxes, lemmings, and belugas—and an explanation of northern lights. We also find out why polar bears rely on sea ice to catch their seal prey. A section on facts and figures helps the parent or teacher explain the story.
Photos are nicely chosen with a child’s perspective in mind. Gently written with the cub’s questions leading the way, Borealis will charm the very young and be a resource for a youngster’s polar bear project.
Cendrine Huemer has a two-year-old daughter who feeds honey to the polar bear behind the couch.
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