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The Last Polar Bears

The Last Polar Bears

Grandfather is on an expedition to the North Pole in search of the last polar bears. He is accompanied by Roo, a dog of character and strong views, and they carry all their equipment in a golf bag. Eccentric, poignant and comic, their story is told through a series of extraordina... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140567120
Barcode 9780140567120
Published 5 December 2001 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
Author(s) By Horse, Harry
Series Picture Puffin

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ISBN-13 9780140567120
ISBN-10 0140567127
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin
Publication Date 5 December 2001
International Publication Date 4 October 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Horse, Harry
Series Picture Puffin
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
General Picture Books
Interest Age 0-5 years
Reading Age 0-5 years
Library of Congress Children's stories, English, Pictorial works, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 214mm
Height: 261mm
Spine: 5mm
Weight 154g
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 84144

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review 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)

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Author's Bio

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.

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