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The Bear Report by Thyra Heder
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The Bear Report by Thyra Heder is a nominee for the 2017-18 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

When Sophie is assigned a report on polar bears, she's not overly excited. She thinks polar bears big, mean, and eat things. That's really all she can come up with until she meets Olafur, a polar bear who shows her that there's so much more to learn.

Olafur takes Sophie on a journey to the Arctic. He teaches her about whale songs, animals that live under the ice, melting ice caps, the Northern Lights, and so much more! Sophie is now convinced that polar bears are not boring at all, and she has tons of new information on these amazing animals.

While The Bear Report is both informative and entertaining, I think it would be a much stronger book if there had been a lengthier author's note or even a larger view of Sophie's report on polar bears and her experiences with Olafur. (The small bit we see in the illustration is kind of difficult to read.) Some sort of reference for the unfamiliar terms/concepts in this book (like whale songs or the buff-breasted sandpiper) is desperately needed. Even so, this book is a good springboard into further research on polar bears and should be paired with nonfiction titles on the subject.
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May 16, 2017 – Started Reading
May 16, 2017 – Shelved
May 16, 2017 – Finished Reading

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