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DEAR POLAR BEAR ...

Author: Barry Ablett

Illustrator: Barry Ablett

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Publisher: Fernleigh Books, 2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: It is quite lonely, not to mention cold, at the North Pole. Polar Bear had the winter blahs, so he decided to ask his friends for help. Over the next few weeks he kept Postman Penguin quite busy, sending letters and receiving answers (and some pretty cool amenities for his igloo! This picture book engages kids in reading with the pull-out letters.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We get lots of requests to read this one. Our daughter particularly likes helping by opening the letters. She has also spent a lot of time just exploring the pages, because the illustrations have a lot to offer, beyond just being paired with the text.

Adult Reader Reaction: What a fun book! Although it's hard to know whether to start with the text or to open the letter, it is fun to read together. We love that you can travel the globe and learn about all kinds of bears.

Pros: Kids love mail, and this book will not only feed that interest, but also lets them explore the world.

Cons: Sometimes you need to read the text on the page and THEN the letter, sometimes the reverse. It would be nice to have a little envelope cue to help.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that's sure to be enjoyed many times, and will grow with your child, particularly as they learn more about the world in school.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE USBORNE INTERNET-LINKED FIRST ATLAS   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: AMAZON RIVER RESCUE (Riley's World Series®)   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: POLAR BEAR PUZZLE (Riley's World Series®)

Educational Themes: There is a lot to do with this book. You can cover the globe, meeting a bear from many continents: brown bear (Alaska), koala bear (Australia), panda bear (China), polar bear (Arctic), spectacle bear (Peru), sun bear (Malaysia). You can also use the book as a primer for letter writing, or even start your own letter group.

Notes: Unable to find link on borders.com or bn.com.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, geography, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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