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From writer Robert Burleigh and illustrator Wendell Minor, an award-winning and bestselling picture book team, comes a gripping climate change–themed tale of a polar bear family fighting to survive.
It is March in the cold North. The long-gone sun is rising. Silvery ice glitters. Snow sparkles in the hazy glow. Two polar bears stand at ice edge: mother and cub.
A mother polar bear and her cub are busy searching for food, when suddenly, the ice they stand on breaks away—crack! Cut adrift, her cub is out of reach as the treacherous sea begins to carry him away. In she dives! Can they return to land safely?
Simply told yet dramatic, and with realistic, exquisite illustrations and informative back matter with facts about polar bears, Ice Bears at Ice Edge immerses readers in one animal family’s story, while also highlighting the broader plight of endangered wildlife whose habitats are threatened by climate change.
About the Author
Robert Burleigh has written a number of bestselling children’s books—including O Captain, My Captain; Hit the Road, Jack; and George Bellows, Painter with a Punch!—that have received multiple starred reviews and awards, including the Orbis Pictus, Texas Bluebonnet Master List, CCBC Choices, and an ALA Notable. He lives outside Chicago. Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for more than 50 award-winning children’s books. His awards include: the Cook Prize honoring the best STEM picture book for children ages 8 to 10, Notable Children’s Trade Books in Social Studies, ALA Booklist Children’s Choices, International Reading Association Teacher’s Choices, Parents Choice Foundation Silver Honor, Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children, the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers, a Bank Street Best, and PW Best. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.
"Gorgeous spreads of color...The text is lyrical and moving. The polar bears’ fight for survival is dramatic and touching, and indirectly highlights with the impact of the climate change on wildlife." —School Library Journal
"[L]yrical narrative...emotions with conviction. An engaging picture book for reading aloud."—Booklist