I've just started a Penguin and Polar Bear unit, so guess what you're going to see for the next couple of weeks?
Let's get started ...
MacMillan Children's Books, 2002
Suitable for Ages: 3-6
Themes/Topics: Winter, Polar Bears, Friendship
Opening: "There once was a polar bear whose only friend was a fluffy white snow cloud. He loved the cloud, but he wished for a friend he could play with."
Synopsis: This is a sweet story about a lonely polar bear cub. A snow cloud takes pity on him and tries to help by making him a variety of snow friends. But this only makes the cub sadder and sadder as he quickly realizes his snow friends can't actually play with him. But this is a children's book, so I'm sure you can predict the happy outcome!
Why I LIke It: It's a great way to introduce very young readers to Canada's northern climate and the animals that live there, all while exploring the themes of friendship and need.
Links to Resources:
1. Because of its simplicity, this is a great book for practicing retelling skills.
2. It's equally good for introducing Arctic animals.
3. For some beautiful polar bear art projects, visit That Artist Woman
4. And here's an adorable cotton ball polar bear (sorry, no directions, but it's pretty easy to make just from the picture).
Isn't he the cutest? I was going to do this project tomorrow, but just realized I don't have enough toilet paper rolls :( Oh well, I'll just have to wait until next week.
That's it! Have a fabulous Friday and I'll see you soon.