Inside: Book review of Snow Bear, video link to polar bears and a round-up of some fabulous polar bear art activities.
Brrr…it’s actually starting to get cold now in my part of the world. I was half-expecting to see snow on the Malahat. We can see the tippy-top of the small mountain range from our kitchen window. But nope! Not yet.
It’s also Perfect Picture Book Friday! Susanna hosts this fun linky once a week. You can find TONS of other books on her blog.
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.
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:
1. A very cute polar bear video.
The pics below are from the video. It’s definitely worth showing to your class.
2. Fabulous Snow Bear Art Works
These beautiful chalk and pastel bears come from ARTventurous. If you click on over the blog author gives you complete and detailed instructions.
This little cutie is actually a polar bear mask and comes from i heart CRAFTY THINGS. They look pretty easy to put together and you can find complete directions on Rachel’s blog.
This masterpiece, with complete directions, can be found on the blog that artist woman.
This beauty, created with oil pastels and watercolours was created in Mrs. Stacey’s art room! Go to her blog, Elements of the Art Room, for complete instructions.
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