The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond
  

The Polar Bear

Written by Jenni Desmond
Illustrated by

RRP £11.99

Synopsis

The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond

A follow up to her first nonfiction book, The Blue Whale, The Polar Bear is sure to capture the imagination and curiosity of both kids and adults. The Blue Whale was also a 2016-2017 Red Clover Award nominee for the state of Vermont. The book contains a scientific and exact nonfiction text which was vetted by a polar bear expert. The beautiful and effortless illustrations provide an excellent invitation to learning about the polar bear.Jenni Desmond's books are loved around the world and have been translated into over a dozen different languages. Jenni Desmond is a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Maurice Sendak Fellowship.

Reviews

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2016

With a touch of metafictional flair, a young girl pulls this very book down from the shelf to read about polar bears and is immediately immersed in their fascinating world. She learns about their habitat, physical characteristics and adaptations, and feeding and hunting habits. The writing is engaging, and facts come at a fairly quick pace. The mixed-media artwork is charming

From the first page, Desmond creates an immediate bond with readers. She depicts a young girl reading a book, The Polar Bear, the same book we are also holding. Absorbed, the girl enters the narrative, discovering many facts about polar bears as she begins to follow one bear across the frozen Arctic. Although not consistently graceful ( On warm days, they [bears] might stretch out on their back with their feet in the air or lie down on their stomach ), the enumerative text is clear and informative. But it is the mixed-media collages that steal the show here. Whether depicting the vast polar landscape

or using a chart to represent the bear's food sources, the double-page-spread illustrations add detail and depth to the text. The young girl, introduced initially, appears throughout, dancing under framed spot art clarifying the features of polar bear paws or laughing as she tries to avoid getting wet as the bear shakes off water. The narrative comes full circle with parallel events: a female bear gives birth, completing the journey through the seasons, and the young girl, now back home and finished with reading her book, curls up to sleep. -Betty Carter, The Horn Book

About the Author

Jenni Desmond

Jenni Desmond is an illustrator, artist and picture book author, working from a studio in a rattling railway arch in south London. She graduated with distinction from the Masters in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art (APU). Her first picture book won the Cambridgeshire 'Read it Again' Picture Book award 2013.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
48 pages

Author

Jenni Desmond
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Author's Website

www.jennidesmond.com/

Publisher

Enchanted Lion Books

Publication date

15th November 2016

ISBN

9781592702008


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