In this sweet tale, Nanuk, a lovable polar bear, and his mother Anaana are trying to get back to their home. Bored and hungry, they wander to a nearby town to scrounge for food. But soon they are captured by humans. How will they ever make it back to the Arctic plain? Readers of all ages will enjoy watching how feisty Nanuk finds a way home and will learn important facts about polar bears in the process.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Nanuk, a baby polar bear, wishes he could fly like the seagulls soaring through the sky. Instead, he must walk beside his mother, searching for food. It's so scarce that they are forced to go to the human settlement. When they get into a grocery store, he can see that they've hit pay dirt. The next thing the cub knows, he is inside a cage, his mother sleeping beside him. Another bear in an adjoining cage tells Nanuk not to worry, that they were tranquilized and sent to Polar Bear Jail to wait for the sea to freeze over, and that soon they will be flown home. Nanuk is buckled into the backseat of the plane; finally, he is flying. Two pages at the end explain the plight of the polar bear in the Hudson Bay area. The gouache paintings convey the coldness and open expanse of the Canadian north. However, Nanuk and his mother are depicted as cute and cuddly cartoon characters, and the anthropomorphism weakens the message of the story. Children will be better served by nonfiction titles about polar bears.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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