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Little polar bear takes a stand
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Everyone's favourite little polar bear takes a stand for what's right in this story about friendship, working together, and the environment. Timed to coincide with the Little Polar Bears 30th Anniversary! Help! Where there used to be lots of food, now there are hardly any fish left. But Lars and his friends know just what needs to be done. In helping to put things right Lars proves just what a brave little hero he is. This new story in time for the Little Polar Bear's 30th anniversary will inspire young readers to speak up for what they believe in. AGES: 4 to 8 AUTHOR: Hans de Beer was born in 1957 in Muiden, near Amsterdam. After briefly studying history, he attended courses at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. His dissertation on Lars, the little polar bear, gained him international success and countless awards, and it has so far been translated into thirty languages. Today he lives as a freelance illustrator with his partner, an Italian illustrator, and they have homes in Amsterdam and just outside Florence.
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PreS-Gr 2-Faced with a shortage of food in a warmer and increasingly congested Arctic bay, Lars, the polar bear cub, takes matters into his own paws. As in his previous adventures, he joins up with friends to right a wrong. Isa, an arctic tern, and Bertie, a seal, dismantle a radio tower and sink the signal buoy that humans have built in the bay. Round-bodied Lars is as fuzzy and cute as ever, and his friends Bertie and Isa are cheerful and spirited. The images of the friendly animals are sometimes at odds with the action and language of the story: "In no time at all, there was nothing left of the radio station except a smoldering pile of ruins." In spite of this jarring juxtaposition, children and adults will find much to discuss in the simple story and it might inspire further conversation about taking care of our planet and different ways of making change. VERDICT Recommended for large picture book collections.-Jennifer Costa, Cambridge Public Library, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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