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THE SOUTH WIND; A STORY OF BEST FRIENDS (Based on a True Story)

Author: Les Hazen

Illustrator: Jason Hutton

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Publisher: Tate Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: Who wouldn't be grumpy sitting on a stick? or stepping on a rock? There wasn't much that Polar Bear liked in the world. When the south wind sent a cub and mama bear into his world, Polar Bear got a new view of rocks and sticks ... he got a friend. This is a chapter-version picture book sized for new readers. An audio download of the book is included.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 6 to 9

Reading Level: 3.9

Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter immediately got into the story. She though Polar Bear's grumpiness was funny, oohed and aah-ed with their friendship; and was sad at the end.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story. It is based on a true story, and I accepted the "talking" bears because it added emotion to the story. But it bothered me when the author talked about the "red and green popsicles" the bears had for bedtime snack.

Pros: Simple illustrations and a lovely story will engage young readers and listeners alike.

Cons: The story adds voice and emotion to the events, so if you're looking for traditional nonfiction, this isn't it.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. A sweet story that might just spark an interest in polar bears and the North Pole.

If You Liked This Book, Try: POLAR BEARS   DEAR POLAR BEAR ...   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: POLAR BEAR PUZZLE (Riley's World Series®)

Educational Themes: There is an underlying theme of global warming that you might explore with older children, but most kids will just be interested in the polar bears and how they live.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, ecology

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2014

Other Reviews: See reader feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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