Let's-Read-and-Find-Out about Polar Bears
The Arctic might be a bit too chilly for you or me to live there, but it is the perfect home for polar bears. The fur between the pads of their paws keeps them from slipping on the ice. Their skin and blubber are like a warm blanket. But the earth is getting warmer and the ice is melting. Where will the polar bears live? How can we help protect their home? Read and find out!
Four months ago a polar cub was born in this Arctic den, and he depends only on his mother for his milk and heat. Finally, in the spring, they leave the den to play and explore. The Arctic is cold even with the sun. It could be fifty degrees below zero, but with their thick fur and layer of fat under their skin, being outside is an opportunity to soak up the sun. The mother wants to eat, so she hunts, looking for prey that will fill their stomachs. On the Arctic island where the mother and cub live, there is land, rocks, and tundra. She is not the only one looking for food. An Arctic fox competes for the meat she has caught. The cub will stay with his mother for two years before he strikes out on his own. When he is fully grown, he will become the biggest hunter on land, yet, polar bears will become extinct without ice to live on and prey to hunt. This book was very informative, although I am not sure the reading level is appropriate based on the information presented. However, children do need to be made aware of ecological changes. The illustrations are warm and colorful and add to the scientific information presented. Reviewer: Debby Willett