Title: Snow Bear
Author: Jean Craighead George
Illustrator: Wendell Minor
Publisher: Scholastic, 2000
Intended Audience: 4 to 8
Theme/Topic: Inuit, Polar Bears, Family
Summary from Amazon: When Bessie decides to explore a frozen ice ship one morning, she finds a new playmate—a baby polar bear. Snow Bear and Bessie are instant friends, but Bessie’s brother and Snow Bear’s mother are worried. The grown-ups wait and watch the little ones play until something happens that will break up the happy pair. With simple text and lavish illustrations, this Arctic picture book will warm readers’ hearts.
I left my book at school so I don't have the opening lines for you :(
Why I Like It: This book totally reminds me of Blueberries for Sal. While the story is improbable (a child playing with a real live polar cub), it's still charming, winsome and full of drama. The paintings are exquisite and realistic. It also leads to great discussions about the similarities between bears and people (i.e., the love and desire to protect).
Links to Resources:
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The pics below are from the video. It's definitely worth showing to your class.
This cutie below is from Artventurous. I just had to grab it and update my post. I LOVE it! Be sure to pop over to this fabulous art blog. She's brand new and has some GREAT stuff!