If Polar Bears Disappeared
If Polar Bears Disappeared
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Annotation: Uses accessible, charming art to explore what would happen if the sea ice melts, causing the extinction of polar bears, and how it would affect environments around the globe.
Genre: [Biology]
Catalog Number: #172411
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 40
Availability: Out of Stock from Publisher
ISBN: 1-250-14319-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-14319-8
Dewey: 599.786
LCCN: 2017957294
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Williams explains how climate change threatens polar bears, the Arctic ecosystem, and the entire planet. Cartoonlike illustrations of two girls and an adult tracking polar bears are friendly-looking yet don't detract from the intensity of the book's warning and call to action ("The best way for you to help is to learn everything you can about climate change"). Further information is appended. Websites. Bib., glos.
Kirkus Reviews
Dire consequences attend the unchecked melting of Arctic sea ice.The more the ice melts, the more the Arctic climate changes. The more that air and ground temperatures rise, the more the frozen ecosystem's inhabitants, including plants and insects, suffer from dwindling habitats; threats to food sources; and imbalances in feeding, breeding, and migration patterns. Solid information is packed into this brief work that lucidly raises the alarm for young readers, with each spread capturing the thrilling, chilling north in rich, dramatic blue swathes of seawater set off by icy glaciers and snowdrifts. Child-friendly, occasionally cluttered paintings, some with labels, highlight polar bears and their Arctic neighbors; a spread of vignettes illustrates how changes to plant life affect wildlife. One labeled spread explains all: As seawater warms, it absorbs sunlight, thus heating more water and melting more ice. One poignant spread depicts a bewildered polar bear mom, eyeing readers and flanked by her twin cubs, drifting on a shrinking ice floe. Two human children, one brown-skinned and one pale, occasionally appear in the illustrations as well. The book ends on a hopeful note, reassuring youngsters that "we still have time to save polar bears and slow the loss of Arctic ice." A note in the backmatter offers conservation tips. A solid addition to the climate-change canon for those interested in saving a fragile world. (author's note, bibliography, additional sources) (Informational picture book. 6-9)
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Kirkus Reviews
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 739
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 503288 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.5 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q76943
Lexile: AD1060L
Guided Reading Level: X

The freezing ecosystem in the far north of the globe is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be Strong, like a walrus Tough, like a lemming Resilient, like an arctic fox But no arctic animal is as iconic as the polar bear. Unfortunately, the endangered polar bear is threatened with extinction due to rapid climate change that is causing the ice where it hunts/lives to melt at an alarming rate. If Polar Bears Disappeared uses accessible, charming art to explore what would happen if the sea ice melts, causing the extinction of polar bears, and how it would affect environments around the globe.

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