Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud Book Review

Inside: A book review of The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud

Happy ALMOST Friday!  Most (if not ALL) of my featured books for Perfect Picture Book Friday have been about snow. And here I am with yet another one. Please forgive the repetitiveness, but after all, I DO teach Grade 1, and this IS the middle of winter, and you know how primary teachers like to keep everything in context and all theme-related :)

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 ...

Written & Illustrated by: Jane Cabrera

Publishing: 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.

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.

5. For more winter resources (poems, books, art) click here.

That's it! Have a fabulous Friday and I'll see you soon.

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  1. Yet another book I need to check out! =) Going now to check out the blog! =)
    First Grade Blue Skies

  2. Thank you for the shout-out...you are totally awesome! ....Giving you some sugar right back (-;

  3. The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud sounds fabulous. We all love animals in this house. I have to check and see if my library has this. *fingers crossed* I'll check the blog out too. *waving*

  4. Thanks for always sharing great books Barbara!

  5. I look forward to your picture book post every week! I love the cotton ball polar bear. He is so cute!

    First Grade Magic

  6. I LOVE these blue/green tones! I am a sucker for all arctic animal stories and think this will be no exception!

  7. GAH! Could this be any sweeter? Who doesn't love polar bears? And those crafts...just pinned them on my Pinterest board, linking back to you.

    And I love your friend's blog, too - I'm following now! You primary teachers have all the best ideas. :)

    1. P.S. Just followed all your boards at Pinterest, too! I'm here: http://pinterest.com/reneelatulippe/

  8. I want to be in your class! (Hey, I have oodles of toilet paper tubes -- too bad we're not closer.)

    This book sounds great. And I'll head on over to your friend's blog as well.

    Thank you!

  9. What an adorable book. Thanks for the review and fun links Barbara!!

  10. Barbara, what a fun book for kids. Love polar bears. It focuses on the animals in the artic, but also the isolation. Loved you polar bear project. Your kids will have fun creating their own polar bears. Checked out your friend's blog and she is very creative.

  11. I spend hours - hours - on That Artist Woman's blog. I LOVE her ideas and her work.

    - Lisa
    a teachers bag of tricks

  12. That looks like a cute cute book! I need to put that one on my wish list (along with the many many others). lol Thank you for sharing all these wonderful books Love it!

    First Grade Delight

  13. I really like your cotton ball polar bear project! The book sounds really cute! I am going to check out the 3AM Teacher now!! :)

  14. Love the PB selection and also the polar bear craft!!!! I do stories and crafts with kindergarteners every week...will have to use this duo...so thank you!
    I went to 3am Teacher and am now following her blog...thanks for the heads-up. :)

  15. The polar bear craft is too cute! And your comment about toilet paper rolls reminded me that I'll be collecting things like this when my son enters school. Bring on the penguins, as I'm looking for resources for a penguin themed birthday party. :) I followed the 3 AM Teacher's blog and on Pinterest. I envision "pinning" lots of her stuff.

  16. What a sweet sounding book! You have great ideas to go with your PPBF posts!

  17. i love the purple/blue polar bear!! cute :)

  18. That polar bear is totally adorable! I also wanted to say that the Ted Harrison paintings your students did are gorgeous! Mind if try them?
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  19. Barbara this books looks very sweet (and informative :))! I love polar bears :) I always especially enjoy coming to your blog for PPBFs because you have such great activities! Thanks for sharing this book, and I will go over and visit the 3 AM Teacher ASAP!

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