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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Jenni Desmond’s Award-Winning Picturebook on Polar Bears


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We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2017 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.


The Polar Bear

Written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond
Published by Enchanted Lion Books (2016)
ISBN-10: 1592702007
ISBN-13: 978-1592702008
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

I got a little excited when I realized that this book actually fits our current theme on Meta-Reading! Cheers! The Polar Bear is a children’s non-fiction book that combines factual details about polar bears and an imaginative style of storytelling. The book begins with a little girl who grabs a book from the shelf and starts to read…


The book is packed with information about polar bears, also known as sea bears. Polar bears are an endangered species, and the biggest threat to their survival is climate change. The Polar Bear describes these beautiful creatures and discusses in detail their body structure, perception, movement, habitat, life span, birthing, and hunting skills. Below is an excerpt from the book, which describes their sleeping pattern.

Polar bears do not hibernate. They like to sleep though, and can sleep almost anywhere at any time… Most bears sleep a lot when there isn’t much food or during bad weather. In areas where the ice melts completely in the summer, a polar bear may spend nearly half its time asleep. Since it’s hard to find food without sea ice, it makes sense to save energy and rest.


The Polar Bear is the sequel to Jenni Desmond’s The Blue Whale, which was published in 2015. The Polar Bear received a lot of recognition, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award 2016, Best Non-fiction (Nature) of 2016 by Huffington Post, and was selected as one of the Best Science Books and Best Children’s Books of 2016.

London-based children’s author-illustrator, Jenni Desmond, used watercolor, acrylic, and printmaking techniques for her illustrations in The Polar Bear. She was invited to be a Maurice Sendak Fellow in 2016. A little bird told me that The Polar Bear will be followed by a book about elephants, so keep an eye out for that one!

To learn more about polar bears and how you may help, you may visit the website for Polar Bears International.


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