Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival
Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival
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Annotation: A polar bear waits patiently for spring when the ice breaks up, but after months of hunting, paddling, and resting on ice floes, summer ends and the bear must swim very far to find land. Includes facts about polar bears and the effect of climate change on their environment.
Catalog Number: #173164
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 0-06-279128-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-279128-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018004241
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
A solitary polar bear explains how she lives on land, water, and ice and describes why each habitat is important at different times of the year. In spring and summer, the bear uses the ice as a platform for hunting seals. When the ice melts, the bear swims, using clues from weather and other animals to head toward land, even though "polar bears are not land bears. We wait on land. We hope on land." Living on stored fat in the fall and into winter, the bear digs a den in a snowdrift to accommodate her cubs. When the cubs are big enough, she will return to the frozen sea. The polar bear is not exactly anthropomorphized; she has awareness and a voice, but it is not a human one. Dramatic, luminous art ndered in graphite, watercolor, drawing inks, Conté crayon, and color pencils esents vast expanses of sea and sky in shades of blue, gray, and white. An author's note explains current research available about the changing arctic landscape, polar bears, climate change, and the future of sea ice.
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 2 A patient polar bear journeys through Arctic waters seeking land. It is springtime and warmer temperatures have caused the ice to break into isle-like patches in the ocean. The bear's odyssey is daring, the thin ice makes hunting challenging and fatigue eventually starts to set in. Moore, who studied marine biology and medical and scientific illustration, subtly demonstrates the impact of global warming on polar bears in this debut. In the illustrationsdone with graphite, watercolor, drawing inks, conte crayon, and color pencilsMoore combines layers of different blues to contrast with the white ice and the white bear, which smartly emphasizes the solitude of the creature and its predicament. Along with the expressive art, the first-person narrative will help readers connect with the bear and the other creatures it encounters in the book, including star-skinned narwhals, walruses, seals, and a whale. This title would work well for lessons on climate change, a science unit on Arctic animals, and as a companion to Lily Williams's If Polar Bears Disappeared . VERDICT An artful and expressive take on the effects of global warmingand a timely addition to picture book nonfiction collections. Kathia Ibacache, Simi Valley Public Library, CA
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
In poetic prose, a polar bear reveals her dependency on the cycle of Arctic seasons.The artwork is strikingly beautiful, with a palette that gives equal glory to such natural wonders as starry night skies, ocean depths, and the aurora borealis. The author/illustrator's background in scientific illustration serves the book well; the bear staring directly at readers early on has glistening eyes and a nose that surely will smudge the opposite page. Renderings of Arctic habitats and their denizens are equally impressive. The text also excels. Complementing its enchanting rhythm, the text includes some enjoyable alliteration ("a weary raft of wary walruses"). The bear begins her story by telling readers that polar bears are patient animals and that she has learned patience from her mother. This sliver of anthropomorphism cleverly engages readers with this particular bear while giving a basic, scientific account of one year in a female polar bear's life. The facts are fascinating. Polar bears apparently spend their lives alternately: gorging on seals and ambling on sea ice, then paddling toward terra firma during the annual ice melt, and then nearly starving while on land. The females move further inland to birth their cubs, and the cycle resumes as the ice rebuilds. "I will teach the sea's rhythm to my cubs and whisper to them in the dark."A subtle cry for environmental activism in an enticing package. (endnotes) (Picture book. 4-9)
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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Horn Book
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Lindsay Moore’s remarkable and beautifully illustrated picture book follows a lone polar bear as she makes her way across sea ice in the Arctic. Sea Bear is a deeply moving and informative story about perseverance, family, nature, and climate change that will resonate with readers of all ages.

A solitary polar bear travels across the sea ice in pursuit of food. As the ice melts and food becomes scarce, she is forced to swim for days. Finally, storm-tossed and exhausted, she finds shelter on land, where she gives birth to cubs and waits for the sea to freeze again.

Informed by the author’s background in marine science, Sea Bear is a vivid and moving page-turner with a vital message about our changing planet. This is a gorgeously illustrated book, with the perfect marriage of scientific fact and poetry, that shows the reality of climate change and how it poses a threat to animals of the Arctic. Perfect for family and classroom sharing.

Includes extensive backmatter about Arctic animals, climate change, and sea ice.


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