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Snow Bear

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  100 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
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 pictur ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 16th 2002 by Hyperion (first published 1999)
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Ramsey Hootman
Aug 27, 2011 Ramsey Hootman rated it really liked it
I just got a pile of books from the used book store, including this title. I was quite surprised when my active 20-month-old son sat still long enough to listen to the entire thing... even more surprised that this is now a frequent reading choice for him. I really thought the text was too long and not exciting enough. However, he really enjoys the beautiful paintings of the girl and the polar bear cub, and he loves the gentle cadences of the words.

Personally, I think the story is wonderful. It
Mar 05, 2017 Meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, artic
Pantings of bears and landscape are beautiful. Story reminds me of Blueberries for Sal.
Dec 23, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Jan 08, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
I happen to be an admirer of Jean Craighead George. She has introduced many aspects of the natural world to children of all ages. With her death, we have lost a caring voice for the environment.

This tale introduces a world that is totally unfamiliar to most children. A world of snow and ice and life. No modern technology here. A glimpse into the nature of polar bears is what George chose to highlight. And my youngest nephew (age 2.5) happens to love polar bears. (He also likes puffins, elephant
First of all, I loved the pictures in this book. The drawings of the little polar bear and the young girl was so amazing. In the start of the book it said that polar bears kills humans, and humans kill polar bears. I did not like that statement because I do not really believe that polar bears or humans necessarily do that unless we scare them or threatens them. But, later in the book I could se a wonderful and loving friendship between Bessie and the polar bear cub. For me the book was all about ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Snow Bear By: Jean Craighead George ISBN: 0-7868-1733-X, 1999.
When Bessie goes out exploring on an ice ship she meets a new friend to play with, a baby snow bear. Her brother, Vincent, goes looking for his sister afraid that Nanua(the mother of the snow bear) will harm his sister. When Vincent and Nanua find Bessie and snow bear they discover them just in time, because a male polar bear is watching them play! Vincent and Nanua quickly retrieve their young and return to their own surroundings whe
Brianna Mendenhall
Sep 22, 2014 Brianna Mendenhall rated it liked it
This book has beautiful illustrations that would capture any child's attention, but it does not have much of a message to it. I would allow the children to read this book during silent reading, but I wouldn't incorporate it into a lesson plan unless we were studying arctic life. I do enjoy that the author and illustrator did a wonderful job showcasing the beauty of a human being coexisting with a wild polar bear. I feel like it would instill a sense of respect for nature and wild animals in chil ...more
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Absolutely gorgeous illustrations which we attempted to draw ourselves as well. The expressions and settings are simple and breath taking. We thoroughly enjoyed the story as well of a child connecting and playing with a young polar bear. Both were protected by their bear and human caregivers but also allowed to enjoy their moment of play. Interrupted by a threat to both human and polar bear, both children run back to their respective kind but have a moment of sheer joy to remember.

Feb 12, 2013 Tessa rated it it was amazing
I gave this five start becuase we just enjoyed reading it for some reason and read it several times. The illustrations are really,really captivating. You learn a bit about Inuits and polar bears and its a sweet story of two very different friends meeting and playing and not noticing their differences.
Oct 26, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
This book is about an unusal freindship of a young girl named Bessie and a Snow Bear. One morning Bessie decides to explore a frozen ice ship; this is when she finds a baby polar bear. They become friends, but Bessie's brother and Snow Bear's mother are worried. Unfortunitly their freindship is in jepordy. 1st-5th
Aug 16, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Except for the Alaskan setting, this reminded me a little of McCloskey's Blueberries for Sal. (Blueberries for Sal) In this case, the little girl and the little polar bear meet and play together, while mother polar bear and girl's brother watch.
Minor's paintings are, as usual, gorgeous.
Feb 08, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet and entertaining story about a little girl and a polar bear cub. The danger from mama polar bear lurks throughout, but overall, it's a fun story that shows the curiosity of the young. The illustrations are wonderful and I enjoyed looking at the pictures as much as I liked the story.
Aug 29, 2012 Ky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I love this book! A book about differences and how those differences can be over come. Friends can come in the most unlikely places.
Marta Rodriguez
Oct 20, 2015 Marta Rodriguez rated it liked it
Simple, yet taught much in a few pages.
Mar 24, 2016 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Nieces book she shared again. Great book for young reader or bedtime story. Great illustrations also. Educational and entertaining. Highly recommend.
May 22, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: bears
love Wendell Minor's art and jean Craighead George's writing!
I just like the Arctic stories it seems. This one has fantastic illustrations and a good balance of text.
Jun 16, 2012 Rosanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
cute book! My 2 year old kept looking back through the pictures after the story was over, and roaring at the bears. I'm sure we'll be reading this one more, and soon.
Reads more like an easy reader / beginner book than a typical picture book.
Jan 28, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The watercolor paintings used in this book are just beautiful. The story is sweet and gentle. A nice choice as a wind down and good night book.
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Jean Craighead George and polar bears? Awesome combination!
Nov 21, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture, snow, bear
Not sure I'm all that into children cavorting with polar bears.
Apr 28, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I thought this book would great to introduce artic life and polar bears to the classroom (early elementary). Although the premise is a little far-fetched, I think kids would enjoy it.
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Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey ...more
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