The Last Polar Bears

The Last Polar Bears

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By (author) Harry Horse

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 261mm x 5mm | 154g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140567127
  • ISBN 13: 9780140567120
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 467,771

Product description

Having seen a depressed polar bear in the zoo, Grandfather and his dog, Roo, set off on an expedition to find the last polar bears. After a treacherous journey on HMS Unsinkable, they reach Walrus Bay and the fun really starts. Howling wolves and terible snowstorms delay the start of their trek and when they're on the way their tent is blown away by the fierce winds. They struggle on, hungry and cold to the top of Great Bear Ridge where they see the polar bears at last.

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Harry Horse was born in Coventry and now lives in Edinburgh. He has written and illustrated several children's books - including THE OGOPOGO which won the Scottish Arts Council Writers' Award. He is well-known as a political cartoonist and has produced cartoons for the New Yorker, The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman.

Editorial reviews

Not satisfied with seeing a lone polar bear in the zoo, Grandfather becomes determined to find the last polar bears in the wild before global warming spells their demise. For his quest, Grandfather enlists the help of Roo, his faithful, but sometimes high-maintenance pooch that talks. Together this odd pair travels from the UK to the North Pole aboard the Unsinkable where they find their quest for polar bears has only just begun. Told completely through short letters written by Grandfather to his unnamed grandchild, this chapter book is a practical introduction to independent reading. The theme of global warming is subtle but clear and could inspire rich classroom conversations or lessons. The late cartoonist's silly annotated black-and-white illustrations are sprinkled throughout, each letter adding additional humor to the zany fantastical adventure, which includes a pack of singing drunken wolves, a snow poet and frozen seagulls. Quirky with a message. Horse will be missed. (Fiction. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews)