The Last Polar Bears

The Last Polar Bears

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Grandfather is off on an expedition to the North Pole to find the Last Polar Bears and with him goes Roo - a dog of character and strong views. The intrepid explorers set sail on the good ship Unsinkable and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Eccentric, moving and very funny, their story is told through a series of extraordinary more

Product details

  • 6-8
  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 126 x 188 x 10mm | 18.14g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w line illustrations
  • 0140363823
  • 9780140363821
  • 161,738

About Harry Horse

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

Review Text

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)show more

Rating details

156 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 40% (62)
4 35% (54)
3 18% (28)
2 7% (11)
1 1% (1)

Our customer reviews

One of my all time favourite books. I discovered this book on World Book Day many years ago and happily went up to the register clutching the book and my book token. I laughed so much reading the antics of Roo and Grandfather. It's an absolutely wonderful book, I can't express how much I adore it. It's 80 pages long, oh I wish it was longer but I'm only now (many years later) purchasing the 3 other books that followed in "The Last..." series. I can't wait to read them. The Last Polar Bears is a beautiful tale of Grandfather's expedition to the North Pole to see with his own eyes, The Last Polar Bears. He brings his dog Roo, who only goes on the belief that there will be ice cream and who is the true star of the show. Roo is hilarious and smart and absolutely wonderful! I can't do the book justice with the sentences I've typed. Just know that if you read this book, you won't regret it. Five stars every more
by SSlatts
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