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Ice Bears

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On a freezing day in the arctic, two polar bear cubs venture outside with their mother. She teaches them how to use their claws so they don't slip in their frozen world. Then she leads them across the sea ice, the only place to hunt for seals, their primary food. The bears need lots of fat to survive through the summer when the ice is gone and food is scarce.

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Paperback, 40 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Square Fish (first published October 28th 2008)
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Julia Richards
Ice Bears is a non-fiction story about a polar bear family surviving in the arctic environment, specifically about a mother polar bear teaching her cubs how to survive in the wild with the changing environment that makes living situations difficult and resources scarce. What stood out to me was the author’s ability to mix non-fiction and fiction elements to create a powerful story calling for change. Though the polar bear family in the book may not be an actual family, polar bears in the arctic ...more
Blessy Mathew
An informative nonfiction book about a mother polar bear and her cubs. The narrative is clear and very well researched. The descriptions are vivid, taking readers on a journey into the day-to-day life of polar bears. Guiberson also touches on the issue of extinction. The realistic illustrations-paintings compliment and bring the story to life.
Jan Rue
Written by Brenda Guilberson (2008)& ill. byI. Spirin. New York:Henry Holt & Co. This is a nice nofiction narrative picture book about the polar bears. It is the story of a mother bear and her two cubs, from birth to young teen bears. The book is packed with loads of information about the bears, their natural habitat, preditors, eating challenges, dangers and mirgratioin practices. The illustrations are done in colored pencil but very realistic in nature. The back pages have a page on a ...more
Michael Koreis
This nonfiction is about what the polar bears do when winter is coming. It tells the story through a female polar bear’s perspective in preparation for winter. It explains everything the female polar bear must eat to prepare. It explains exactly what kind of temperature the polar bear must live in during hibernation and where the best place for these polar bears to hide away. It also discusses the body changes the polar bear goes through and how it affects her children after hibernation. Everyth ...more
Natalie Hendry
This nonfiction is about what the polar bears do when winter is coming. It tells the story through a female polar bear’s perspective in preparation for winter. It explains everything the female polar bear must eat to prepare. It explains exactly what kind of temperature the polar bear must live in during hibernation and where the best place for these polar bears to hide away. It also discusses the body changes the polar bear goes through and how it affects her children after hibernation. Everyth ...more
Heather
We follow a female bear as she gives birth (not descriptive so don't worry) and raises her young cubs. It shows the challenges they face from both predators and their physical environment. My boys were fascinated with it, but my youngest (almost 3) was horrified that they'd eat seals and a dead beluga whale. There is no blood or 'tearing into flesh' pictures, but he understood the text and was devastated.

The illustrations were well done. My kids looked through it more times than we read it.

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Megan
Great for showing kids a non-traditional main character as they read NF.
Amy
This may not be the best book about polar bears out there, but it holds its own, and it certainly isn't not worth reading. It's well told and nicely illustrated, and most importantly, my niece and nephew got to learn some new things about these bears.
Heather Edrington
A beautiful book that follows a mother polar bear through the birth of her cubs to young. It is kid friendly and doesn't go into great depth. It does go into the dangers a mother and her cubs go through and what they must do to survive.
Cheryl
Softly drawn illustrations are pretty to look at. The text felt awkward to me. Author's notes are deliberately alarmist and add little extra information.
Malissa
Gorgeous, informative book. Love the passage of time, the details and the illustrations.
Rachel
The illustrations are gorgeous! Text is a little sparse
Candi
Nov 29, 2008 Candi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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