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Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Imagine you are a polar bear.

Your coat is thick. Your teeth are sharp.

Your front paws are paddles, your back paws are rudders, and you can swim for miles.

Your home has always been the sea and the ice.

A sea bear, far north in the Arctic, hunts and naps and raises her young. She moves with the ice, swimming, running, stalking seals, resting. She follows the rhythm of the
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Greenwillow Books
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents; Environmentalists; Animal-Lovers
Polar bears are patient beasts, as patient as glaciers. We know how to hope and how to wait. I learned to be patient long ago from my polar bear mother -

to be patient when hunting, to be patient with weather, to be patient in darkness.

This is a gorgeously illustrated book about a female polar bear who is trying to survive. It's not overly maudlin, but covers some stuff about polar bear life and what's happening with global warming right now.

A polar bear can outwait almost anything - seals, stor
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Polar Bear and/or Nature Lovers
"Polar bears are patient beasts, as patient as glaciers. We know how to hope and how to wait." So begins the poetic narrative of this lovely work of picture-book natural history from author/illustrator Lindsay Moore. Following its ursine narrator as she hunts for seals, and then swims long distances to find new hunting grounds, it highlights the central role of sea ice, in the lives of this majestic species. Although life is becoming more difficult for polar bears, as the sea ice shrinks, the na ...more
Chance Lee
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Beautifully illustrated, but depressing and stressful story of a polar bear surviving as ice melts.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations, concerning but important story.
Luciana Babocci
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book about the struggles of a polar bear!

It gives a lot of information about the polar bear--its fur, the way it paddles, its home, but it also tells about the struggles a polar bear is now facing with the shrinking ice caps in the Arctic due to climate change.

The text is easy to read, and where it is positioned on the page, it makes you have to stop and think about what the author is saying. The illustrations are beautiful, capturing its world in nature's colours!

I highly recommend
Emma (Miss Print)
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quiet and gorgeously illustrated but I think I would have liked it more without the first person voice. Lots of backmatter too!
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Told in the voice of a polar bear, this picture book follows her journey along the ice. She has learned to be patient: in her hunting and with the weather. Spring comes breaking the ice into smaller pieces. The bear hunts seals and takes naps with a full belly. With summer, the ice melts even more. Now the sea bear must swim to the shore that she can smell in the distance. She swims for days, accompanied by other sea animals as she swims including whales, narwhals, and walruses. She is caught in ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SEA BEAR teaches about how polar bears live and survive. It teaches how they're patient, what they eat, and that they aren't land bears. When the summer comes and the ice thins, the polar bear must travel elsewhere to live.

The life of a polar bear isn't what I expected. They wander around the arctic rather than living on land. SEA BEAR opens your eyes to how difficult living in an icy environment can be and how strong-willed the polar bears are. It makes me respect them that much more!

The illust
Sandy Brehl
Kate Messner's OVER AND UNDER series (the garden, the pond, the snow) uses a technique similar to this gorgeously illustrated picture book presenting a Sea Bear's eye-view and first person voice. Current (and rapidly changing) environmental conditions are revealed within the context of the behavioral/instinctual patterns of this species. Life in the Arctic is extreme and harsh, yet the animals that dwell there seem perfectly adapted to survive and thrive- unless the ice melt progresses so quickl ...more
Poetic text about polar bears and the impact of climate change--without naming climate change as a factor until the author's note at the end. Brief info about other animals the bear encounters is included but no sources are cited for this or the polar bear info. Nonetheless, this fictional tale of a single bear is beautifully illustrated and the first person (bear) account is lyrical. Young children may not know about polar bears facing disappearance of ice, but will still enjoy the quiet story. ...more
Carol  Vanhook
Lindsay Moore is not only an author and illustrator but she also studied marine biology in college and earned a masters of science in medical and scientific illustration. Sea Bear is her first picture book. Her goal in this book was to give polar bears of the Arctic a voice and show their relationship with the ocean, other marine animals, and with sea ice and land. Global warming is having a impact on the life of these animals.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
Amazingly gorgeous pictures; I love how the watercolor bleeds evoke the shades of ocean water, and the changes in perspective. And I love the poetry of the words: "star-skinned narwhals", or "I paddle past a weary raft of wary walruses" that make me reread them, just to enjoy the perfect phrases. Read this to quiet, thoughtful kids, or let them pore over the pictures. This has a message about the perils the polar bears face, but it contrasts with the beauty.
Tina Hoggatt
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful piece of nonfiction that reads as a story at the same time as it teaches about the life of a polar bear during the course of the year. The plight of the polar bear in today's world of global warming isn't directly addressed but haunts the narrative. The text is lyrical and the illustrations sublime.
A polar bear waits patiently for spring when the ice breaks up, but after months of hunting, paddling, and resting on ice floes, summer ends and the bear must swim very far to find land. Includes facts about polar bears and the effect of climate change on their environment. Beautiful illustrations (graphite, watercolor, drawing inks, conte crayon, and color pencils.)
With an easy-to-read narrative style, this fascinating picture book takes young readers through seasons with a polar bear as she moves with the sea ice looking for food. The beautiful illustrations and the end note information about climate change and some of the Arctic animals included in the story make this book a good nonfiction resource to inspire further research.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: pbf-mammals
The story follows a single polar bear through a season of hunting. The watercolor, graphite, drawing ink, conte crayon, and color pencil artwork is very nice. But the author's note shows she is a shill for the climate-change alarmists, since polar bear populations have been growing over the past several decades, as the earth has been warming up. Warmer is better for everyone.
Penny Olson
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful and informative book about polar bears and how they survive in the harsh arctic environment. We not only learn about polar bear, but also other animals that share their habitat. There is sadness and a warning in this book as the polar bears have to swim farther and farther due to the vanishing sea ice. I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks.
Frances Hotchkiss
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This exquisitely illustrated book all done in mostly blues is a powerful story. Humans could take lessons from the mother polar bear on being patient and hopeful. Very educational, the information at the end on sea ice, polar bears and other animals above and below the ice was very helpful in expanding children's knowledge of changes in the Earth.
Beautifully illustrated, this book reveals the life of a polar bear in the arctic and gives young readers a sense of the fragility of the environment and the importance of protecting their habitat without being preachy.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Several picture books have come out in the past few years that are able to convey big thoughts with spare language, and this is one. There is so much depth behind the simple story, and the word choice is perfectly suited to this style.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A gorgeous way to inform readers about these incredible creatures.

In the back matter, I learned that Greenland shark "is believed [to] have the longest life span of any vertebrate, nearly four hundred years." Wow!
Joan Marie
Polar bear speaks of its survival and journey.
Beautifully written and illustrated, this book speaks
of the importance of sea ice. And gives pause to global warming.
Back matter adds depth to this lyrical text.
Great book for young guardians of nature.
Judy Ripke
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book to help children develop empathy for the plight of polar bears.
Beautiful shades of blue, grey, and white tell the story of an endangered animal that few people understand.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poetic, with striking illustrations and solid science content. Highly recommended for ages 3-6.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This would pair nicely with Lily William's If Polar Bears Disappeared for a fiction/nonfiction pair up
Sarah Wyatt
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-favorites
I LOVED the velvety watercolor of the ocean in these illustrations!
Great Books
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 19-ages-8-9
This fascinating account takes readers along on the annual journey of a polar bear, and softly addresses the need to protect the environment.

Reviewer #11
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written and stunningly illustrated account of one of earth’s most majestic animals, the polar bear. It is a glimpse into their increasingly bleak world, and their heartbreaking quest for survival.
Miss Sarah
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
A picture book following the joureny of a polar bear from it's winter and summer habitats and habits. Nice nonfiction afterward. Preschool and up
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