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The Last Polar Bears

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Grandfather is off on an expedition to the North Pole to find the Last Polar Bears. Accompanying him is Roo, a remarkable little dog with strong views and a short attention span, and a golf cart full of equipment. The intrepid explorers set sail on the good ship Unsinkable and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Grandfather and Roo endure storms, high seas, a temperamen...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Peachtree Publishers (first published 1993)
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babyhippoface
Mar 15, 2008 babyhippoface rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: uh... no one, really
Shelves: kids-fiction
"I don't get it." It's not good when you close a book and make that statement. I cannot figure this book out. Who is the intended audience? Beats the heck out of me. It's presented as a children's book, and the frequent--and adorable--illustrations confirm that. But... walk with me; talk with me....

The star of this book is Roo, the grandfather's dog. Her "comments" are humorous and entertaining. But I have to wonder: does Roo really talk, or does Grandfather just attribute motives and conversati...more
Imi
This was one of my favourite childhood books, and re-reading it brings the same joy that it did years ago!
Tara
Eh... Cleverly told in letters, The Last Polar Bears is an amusing little story of a grandfather and a dog on an adventure to see the last polar bears. My real problem with it is that the ending is very lame. I honestly felt like the grandfather died and the end was an allegory. But then, there's a sequel, so I guess not. It just didn't have the triumphant ending that I was hoping for at the end of a treacherous adventure. The dog Roo tells a lot of tall tales which are very funny. Also on the a...more
Wende
Read aloud to Aliza (6) for bedtime story. This is a really charming set of letters telling the tale of Grandfather and his spunky dog Roo as they venture to the North Pole in search of polar bears. Armed mainly with their wits and a golf trolley, they board the Unsinkable, then trek across the tundra while defending themselves again wolves who are frequently tippling on Old Sock. Some may not like the references to alcohol, or the total confusion of fact and reality, but we enjoyed it.
Sarah
Somehow I had missed these books-- and was unaware of the whole tragic story of their author.

I could definitely see what was endearing about them, but also couldn't get past the factual inaccuracies-- polar bears and penguins together at the North Pole? Yes, there's also a talking dog, so I know it's not supposed to be realistic, but still. The books are meant to introduce kids to various places, and a *little* bit of fact checking would have been nice...
ninotaziz ninotaziz
Now there are many books i recommend as an absolute must for children because they

a) are absolutely delightful
b) have excellent use of language
c) are classics

I would like to recommend Harry Horse's series of Grandfather's and Roo's adventures simple because they introduce WIT to children. I read it a long time ago when the older girls were younger - and I think for those of you with children eight to ten ( as I do too now), this is perfect.
Rachael
Once I got over the penguin problem (there are no penguins at the North Pole!), I enjoyed this book enough to make it one of my staff picks at work. Harry Horse can, at times, seem to border on the saccharine unless he's got his wit on full-force. The wolves all drunk on Old Sock and the ice-cream up at the Pole balanced each other out well, for example. Plus, I grew very fond of Roo, her laziness and lies especially.
Christina Jones
Lovely gentle read for younger listeners. Told in a series of letters from a Grandfather to his grandchild, whom he refers to as "child." The grandfather goes on improbably adventures with his canine companion - equally improbable. First in a series. Sadly the author is no longer with us...
Wsclai
It's supposed to be children's literature, I guess but I love it. It's a cute little whimsical story and the illlustrations are simply fantastic. I finished reading it on my way home after work. It've added so much colour to my, otherwise, boring commuting.
Beckie
I fell in love with the cover and inside artwork when I saw this book, and just had to read it. To me, Harry Horse's writing is similar to Shel Silverstein's: way out there, and makes you want to keep on reading.
Kristy McRae
A sweet and funny middle-grade novel, done entirely as letters written from an adventuresome grandfather (and his talking dog) to his grandson. It's also filled with fabulous illustrations.
Sarah
Read this with A. Sort of an odd children's book. Best part was the delightful illustrations. A was quick to point out that polar bears and penguins do not live together!
John
What a wonderful little book... totally escapist fun and adventure spattered with continual comic pieces...

My youngest daughter loved it... and so did I.
Afhb
Oddly existential for a childrens' book, but I re-read it every now and then! The experience was somewhat mitigated when I researched the author...
Emily
Grandfather and Roo (his very funny talking dog) are on an adventure to the Arctic to see the polar bears. Not one of my favorites.
Ginger
An uncle and his unwilling dog set off to find the last Polar Bears, undergoing exquisite trials and torments. Don't miss this.
Beth
We enjoyed this evening read so much that we have placed the next two books in the series on hold at the library.
Jim
i enjoyed the art but the story was to English for me.
Crystal
Great book!
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Harry Horse wrote and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Little Rabbit picture books and the novels The Last Polar Bears, The Last Castaways, The Last Cowboys, and The Last Gold Diggers. He was also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in the United Kingdom.
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