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Last Polar Bears, the
Contributor(s): Horse, Harry
ISBN: 156145379X     ISBN-13: 9781561453795
Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd
    OUR PRICE: $11.70  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: October 2007
Annotation: Grandfather is off on an expedition to the North Pole to find the Last Polar Bears. Accompanying him is Roo, a remarkable little dog with strong views and a short attention span, and a golf cart full of equipment. The intrepid explorers set sail on the good ship Unsinkable and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Grandfather and Roo endure storms, high seas, a temperamental sea captain, and seasickness until the ship reaches Walrus Bay. In the primitive coastal town of Walrus, Grandfather gets in a game of golf but unscrupulous wolves plague him and Roo. Finally, Grandfather and Roo and a penguin companion head off on foot to find the Great Bear Ridge, home to the Last Polar Bears.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Explorers; Juvenile fiction.
Grandfathers; Juvenile fiction.
Dogs; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2007012082
Lexile Measure: 850
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.60 lbs) 104 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 124345
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q42104
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): RRY HORSE is the author/illustrator of more than 30 books for children, including Little Rabbit Lost, Little Rabbit Goes to School, and Little Rabbit Runaway. Horse is also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in Great Britain, including the Independent and the Observer. He lives with his wife on the edge of a loch in Scotland.RRY HORSE was the author-illustrator of many books for children. (See pages 10-11 and 27.) He was also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in Great Britain. He died in 2007.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
In a series of letters to his grandchild, a grandfather chronicles his trip to the North Pole. Accompanied by his dog Roo, the travelers encounter rough weather aboard the Unsinkable, drunk wolves singing rude songs, and a penguin knocked unconscious during a game of snow golf, all meticulously illustrated with line drawings. This witty story (posthumously published) will delight readers. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 October #3)

In this amusingly quirky chapter book, the late Horse (the Little Rabbit series) tracks an oddball expedition to find polar bears at the North Pole. Comprised of letters a grandfather sends to his grandchild, the story starts aboard a creaky ship (the Unsinkable ), which carries him and his opinionated talking dog, Roo, from Aberdeen to the town of Walrus. Grandfather's missives describe storms at sea, a malfunctioning engine that Roo inadvertently fixes and Roo's farfetched yarns about her own seafaring grandfather ("She told us one in which he was swallowed by a whale and lived inside it for two years," writes Grandfather. "He at last escaped by climbing out of the blowhole, and swam all the way back to his ship. He later got a medal for it"). On land, the two encounter drunken wolves, a loner who makes animal sculptures from snow and an Arctic-dwelling penguin whom Grandfather adopts—all before the bear-seeking mission begins. Horse's droll wit extends to his delicate pen-and-ink illustrations, which keep the spotlight trained on the emotive Roo and her animal co-stars. Ages 6-10. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 December)

Gr 1–4— In a series of letters to his grandchild, a 78-year-old man describes his expedition to the North Pole to see the Last Polar Bears before melting snowcaps destroy their habitat. He and his contrary dog, Roo, sail from England aboard the Unsinkable . Eventually, they reach their destination, a town called Walrus, population 17 . The bulk of the story takes place here, as Grandfather and Roo encounter unruly, drunk wolves who constantly demand the last of their dried fish, a snow poet and sculptor, and a penguin that Grandfather accidentally knocks out with a golf ball. When the sun and moon are side by side in the sky, Grandfather knows it's time to begin their trek up Great Bear Ridge, and Roo finally becomes useful, pulling the trolley (a golf bag on wheels) full of rations. On the 40th day of October, they reach the top and spy the objects of their quest. This fantasy has many bizarre elements, few of which hold much appeal for children, and the writing has a detached quality. Horse's black-and-white line drawings are full of whimsy, but they can't make up for the story's adult tone.—Alison Grant, Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV

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