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If Polar Bears Disappeared

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The freezing ecosystem in the far north of the globe is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be

Strong, like a walrus
Tough, like a lemming
Resilient, like an arctic fox

But no arctic animal is as iconic as the polar bear.

Unfortunately, the endangered polar bear is threatened with extinction due to rapid climate change that is causing the ice where it hunts/lives
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Roaring Brook Press
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Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated book highlighting the dangers of climate & environmental change on our planet, highlighting in particular the effects on polar bears. Well written and not preachy this is an awesome book for younger and older readers alike.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Lily's first book in this series, "If Sharks Disappeared", and my feelings for "If Polar Bears Disappeared" are no different. In this latest release, Lily tackles the difficult topic of climate change and how the disappearance of an apex predator affects all ecosystems, and ultimately, all of us. With her thoughtful, informative text and engaging illustrations, the readers are pulled into the plight of polar bears, seals, orcas, fish, caribou, etc. I am a big fan of using pi ...more
Using the same approach to climate change that she did in her first book, If Sharks Disappeared, author Lily Williams describes the effects of global warming on various species. While some short-sighted individuals might see the demise of polar bears as singular, regrettable, of course, but having little impact on other animals and nature, she points out their struggles and what might happen if too much sea ice melts. Not only would these resilient and majestic animals be forced to scavenge for ...more
Maggie Rappleyea
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
I think that this book would be most appropriate for first grade and on through elementary school.

This is an informational book about the effect of climate change on the Arctic. It is well illustrated with many labels. The language is simple; however, any word that may be outside of a young child's vocabulary is included in a glossary along with a list of recommendations for combating climate change.

I believe this is a very approachable text on climate change for young minds. It doesn't aim to a
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams PICTURE BOOK, NON FICTION Roaring Brook Press, (Holtzbrinck), 2018. $18.00 9781250143198



The sea ice is melting because of climate change. Polar bears depend on the sea ice for hunting, traveling, and caring for their young. Less sea ice means less habitat for the plants and animal that live in the polar regions; climate change affects all of them, seals, whales, shrubs, caribou, even lem
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A simplified look at what can happen if Artic ice melts. The author starts by looking at Polar Bears, the apex Aric predator but moves through the food chain to explain how the loss of ice and warming of waters will affect all animals and plants in the Artic and ripple out to affect us all. The richly colored illustrations depict the animals and plants fondly and should endear the reader to their plight. Suggested further readings and a bibliography round out a book that exhorts its readers to d ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In our region of northern Michigan, the two worst storms of winter 2017-2018 arrived in April. This was followed by a summer leaving us categorized with severe drought. Then the rains came in September . . . for weeks. On the heels of this non-stop rain, our first snow arrived on November 10, 2018 and it's here to stay. The seasons of my childhood and early adulthood are no longer present. Our resilient but fragile planet and its inhabitants are in danger. The National Snow & Ice Data Center ...more
Tracy Holland
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new series, one that I really like. In this nonfiction piece, the author highlights the circle of life, and what happens when the apex species, the polar bear, is removed from he environment due to human behavior. This is a very timely, tangible read for students to understand the importance protecting the environment so that ecosystems will not collapse.
Lots of good information here. The illustrations appear to be geared toward younger (elementary-aged) children, but the information seems to be better suited for older children. Can still use with younger students, would just need to offer a lot of support.

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Lauren S
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is highly informative and raises awareness of our changing climate and how it is affecting the Arctic. I didn't realize some of the major effects that will happen if the polar bears disappear. So much will be effected, it's pretty crazy.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great artwork, and though the subject matter is tough, it is accessible to children and fairly optimistic.

I think it works well that while the action to take in the text itself is somewhat vague, there are more concrete suggestions in the endnote.
Miss Sarah
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-nonfiction
A nonfiction book about the impact the world's environemental choices have on the lives of polar bears and what could happen to the eco system should polar bears dissapear. Elementary and up
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
A simplified summary of the conditions and consequences of global warming. For my full review, see
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A simpler explanation on how the potential loss of the polar bears could effect the rest of life on this planet.

While the information was important and interesting, I think it was a little much for a picture book. The information is kind of a downer up until the end.
Deana Metzke
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My kids and I loved this 2nd book in the series! Read more about why we liked it at my blog here https://raisingreaderssite.wordpress....
Well done! A super way to help kids understand the ramifications of climate change.
Ampersand Inc.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: saffron-s-reads
A look at the impact of global warming on the Arctic.
Mary Norell Hedenstrom
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great depiction of the domino effect of climate change on plants and animals.
Beautiful illustrations, simple text that breaks it down simply for readers to understand the importance of what is happening and the cause and effect.
Meagan Ehline
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book about Polar Bears and how they are endangered. The book gives tips on what we can do to help save them.
Michele Knott
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the cause/effect format of this book. It makes it easy to see the impact the animal has on its environment.
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Lily Williams is the author and illustrator of the If... Disappeared books. She grew up in Northern California where she received her B.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Lily seeks to inspire change, engage audiences, and educate people of all ages with her artwork. Her work can be seen in films and books and on the web at