Monday, April 12, 2010

A Polar Bear's World (Caroline Arnold's Animals)

A Polar Bear's World
Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold's A Polar's Bear's World is a great way to learn about polar bears!

This welcome addition to the Caroline Arnold's Animals series is a great introduction to polar bears that I would recommend to children of all ages... I even learned a great deal about this large predator myself....

The pictures or illustrations of the polar bears and other animals such as walruses, ringed seals, caribou, snow geese, and arctic foxes were nicely drawn. The text was clear, concise, and easy to read. The story was easy to follow. The colors were warm and in some cases HUGE but that lest we forget, polar bears are HUGE. There is no natural predator for them except human hunters!

Looks can indeed be deceiving because polar bears look so warm and cuddly in pictures,  film, video, and even in person but they will "eat you alive!" Not having a natural predator in the wild kingdom, they know no fear!!!!!!!!!!!!

I enjoyed learning facts about polar bears that I learned by first opening the book. I learned that polar bears live in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.

Their natural habitats include the Artic ice sheet, coastlines, and the tundra.

They like to eat seals, walruses, and beached whales.

They can grow to be 6.6 to 10 feet.

Males weigh between 660 to 1760 pounds and females weigh between 330 to 660 pounds.

They are of the mammal animal class.

Their scientific name is Ursus maritimus.

Do you know what baby polar bears are called? Yes... CUBS!

I liked how the author placed "short facts" off to the side of the page in yellow. This is eye catching. They are short and to the point so they blend in quite nicely with the rest of the story! Here is an example: "At birth, a polar bear cub is the size of a squirrel. It weighs about 1.3 pounds or 0.6kg!

Here's another short fact: from the book:  "Polar bears are good swimmers. They can swim 60 miles (96 kilometers) without stopping."

I would recommend this book to children of all ages. If students are writing reports on polar bears or mammals this would be a great way to get started. Smaller children will enjoy the pictures and the older ones will be interested in the facts too!

I liked the resources that Caroline Arnold included at the end. These included:  A colorful map on "Where do polar bears live?" She included on the next page Polar Bear Fun Facts, a Glossary, To Learn More, More Books to Read, Internet Sites, an Index, and a Look for all of the books in Caroline Arnold's Animals series.

This seems to be a trend for most of her books in this series. I think it is a great idea and I hope that students and their parents, teachers, librarians, and others will utilize these wonderful resources at the end. You can tell that a great deal of time, energy, and research was spent gathering this information on polar bears!

Want to learn a little bit about the author Caroline Arnold?  Just check out her short bio and picture at the end of this well researched and written book on polar bears!!!!!!!

Animal lovers of all ages will enjoy this lovely book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wouldn't you agree???????????

Kudos to Caroline Arnold for another job... WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until we meet again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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