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*Little Polar Bear and the Whales* by Hans de Beer

Also by written and/or illustrated by Hans de Beer:

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Little Polar Bear and the Whales
by Hans de Beer
Ages 4-8 32 pages NorthSouth January 2009 Hardcover    

Lars, the Little Polar Bear who is the hero of seven other favorite “Little Polar Bear” stories, appears in a story where the weather at his North Pole home is making trouble for some newfound friends.

Following a very long and dark winter, Lars is happy to see some melting snow and warm weather. His parents are not. He can’t understand it as he enjoys a warm bath in melting snow, smelling flowers, and discovers a half-submerged sunken sailing ship. It is there he makes a new friend in a cormorant bird named Conrad but who goes by Conny.

Conny and Lars have some fun with playful beluga whales and even a large gray whale until a scary whaling ship comes along. Lars is clever enough to show his new playmates a place to hide in a small bay where the ship won’t go, only to have it blocked by breaking ice from a glacier. Will the whales be trapped? Will Lars be able to save them?

As always, a happy ending concludes the Little Polar Bear tale but also will hopefully lead to discussions about why the North Pole is so warm and why it isn’t good for the creatures that live there, including adorable Lars, the Little Polar Bear.

Hans de Beer creates a beautiful, amusing and educational tale for youngsters along with his talented watercolor pictures and heroic Little Polar Bear. This delightful story of friendships will please followers of this series while also reminding them of how fragile nature is and what part we all must play to make things better.

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