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Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson

Polar Bear Night

by Lauren Thompson

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A young polar bear awakens in the night and goes for a walk, passing by the other sleeping animals before witnessing a beautiful "star shower."

This book seems like a perfect bedtime story; it is soothing and calm in both its text and illustrations. There is a basic plot, but it is not fast-paced nor moralizing. The award-winning illustrations are interesting; they are not striking per se but they suit the story well (simple yet declarative, just like the text), especially with their muted colors reflecting the nighttime setting. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 19, 2015 |
I am SO not a big fan of cute but this isn't so much CUTE as it is quiet and precise. Gentle declarative sentences, varied phrasing & structure, great vocabulary, wonderful colors.

AND the bear doesn't get lost or ask the mama questions or make a friend or feel scared or lonely or brave. She just goes for a walk in her beautiful world, and goes home again, all by herself.

The more I think about this, the better I like it.

PS. Who else sees the Where's Walrus walrus here? :)

Next day addendum: I thought about this book all night and I'm making it 5 stars. I'm feeling even more that the strength of this book is in everything it's not: it's not a learn-a-lesson story or a my-first-experience story or a mama-loves-you-so-much story. It's still very much from a child perpective, very much a child's book, but without a noisy grown-up agenda. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
The plot was a tad too simple and happy-go-lucky for my taste (alibi I am not the target audience), and the illustration style was kind of risky; when it worked, though, it was pretty magical. ( )
  swampygirl | Dec 9, 2013 |
A polar bear cub wakes up in the middle of the night, feeling as if something was calling her. She ventures outsides, waiting for something to happen. As she waits, she sees a beautiful sight of falling stars and bright lights. Once the spectacle ends and the quietness ensue, she heads back home, to her mother.

Follow this adventurous cub into the cold night and see a meteor shower and the aurora lights. The story is easy for readers to follow and the moderate pace will make the readers turn to the next page. The cute little polar bear cub’s adventure is also wonderfully portrayed in the artwork. The illustrations are done with linocuts technique, giving them depth while being simple. The use of rice paper also gives the illustration a unique pattern.

After reading this book, the readers will want to see the spectacle the cub was able to see. It might lead the readers to a planetarium in search for the light. The readers will not be able to put this book down. ( )
  jinmoon | Nov 20, 2012 |
Something stirs the little polar bear cub from her sleep and she journeys across the land, seeing all the other animals still peacefully sleeping, until she climbs a snow mountain where she can watch a shower of stars across the sky. The light from the shower fills the land and "light up everything the little bear loves." The text is calming and flows peacefully, almost like poetry; as a bedtime book, this is what every parent dreams of. The full-page, linocut illustrations (which won a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book award) are soothing in their simplicity, created in muted tones that complement the text. When the star show is finished, the cub realizes that she is sleepy and heads back home to sleep with her mama. Children will delight in pointing out and naming the animals on each page. An excellent choice for a bedtime or naptime story. Highly recommended as a read-aloud for ages 2-5. ( )
  jessicaschmidt917 | Oct 29, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439495245, Hardcover)

A polar bear cub . . . A nighttime journey . . . A bedtime story of love and wonder.

One keen, clear night, a polar bear cub wakes inside her warm den. Something in the moonlit stillness quietly beckons. What is it?

The little cub sets out for the snow and sky and sea and ice, and the moon follows.

So begins a magical journey through a starlit world filled with love and wonder. Soothing words and luminous pictures make this nighttime tale as comforting as a goodnight kiss.

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After wandering out at night to watch a magical star shower, a polar bear cub returns home to snuggle with her mother in their warm den.

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