Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: 2 to 3
- Reading age: 5 to 8
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009
Born at the beginning of the Arctic winter, a male and female polar bear stay in the den for a number of months before they are ready to venture out. But soon they must follow their hungry mother out on the dangerous journey to the sea ice, where she will hunt for food. It will be several years before the little ones will be good enough hunters to fend for themselves in the Arctic wilderness.
About the authors
Aubrey Lang has been a freelance writer and photographer for more than fifteen years. A science writer and wildlife photographer for the past twenty-five years, Wayne Lynch has seen his work published in more than two dozen countries. Together they've produced nearly forty titles for children and adults, and countless articles in well-known nature magazines, including Ranger Rick, Owl, Wild, National Wildlife and Canadian Geographic.
Recognized and respected as one of North America's leading wildlife and natural history photographers, Wayne Lynch has spent the last forty-two years capturing images of wildlife in wild places the world over. His impressive photo credits include hundreds of magazine covers, thousands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over sixty countries. Lynch is also an award-winning science writer, a popular guest lecturer, and a veteran photo safari leader. His practical and entertaining approach to natural history, whether it be through the written or spoken word, has attracted the admiration of audiences worldwide. He has photographed both common and unusual creatures in their native habitat in more than fifty countries, travelling extensively for long periods of time and often undergoing considerable physical hardship to get the "perfect shot."
With an exceptional ability to write for both adults and children, Lynch has authored more than fifth highly acclaimed natural history books, including The Great Northern Kingdom: Life in the Boreal Forest, Wild Birds Across the Prairies, Penguins of the World,Mountain Bears, Bear: Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness, A is for Arctic: Natural Wonders of a Polar World, The Nature Babies Series and the wildly popular children's book The Scoop on Poop: The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop.
Lynch is a Fellow of the internationally recognized Explorers Club and Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. Lynch lives in Calgary with his wife of forty-five years, Aubrey Lang.
"Although the text in this book is clearly aimed at age 5-7 readers, the spectacular photographs and rich descriptive language will be enjoyed by all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed the photographs of the polar bear cubs riding on their mother's back and tumbling over her prostrate body, and could almost see and hear the guffawing walruses as the noisy mischievous polar bear cubs spoiled their mother's 'silent' hunting of the walrus colony. A visual and textual delight that every child should have the pleasure of viewing, reading, and/or being read to.
— CM Magazine
"Insightful text and crisp nature photography. . . From cover to cover, the presentation is gentle; a photo shows the mother dragging a dead seal from the water and across the ice, but no blood is apparent. This book will charm children and fulfill lower elementary curriculum needs."
— School Library Journal
"The simply written, informative text is beautifully illustrated by photos that are notable for their clarity and for their single source: wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch."
"The photos are up close and incredible."
— Today's Parent
"In Baby Polar Bear, basic facts and the life cycle of the polar bear are beautifully depicted in simple text and fabulous colour photographs. . . This is a timely addition to the collections of classrooms and school libraries."
— Canadian Teacher Magazine
Baby Polar Bear (Nature Babies)Two polar bear cubs must leave the safety of the den and follow their mother through the frozen Arctic wilderness as she heads out to hunt for her first meal in many months. Includes a “Did You Know?” section of interesting facts and an index.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.
Other titles by Aubrey Lang
Other titles by Wayne Lynch
Wildlife of the North
Animals of the High Latitudes of North America and Europe
Bears Bears Bears
Treasured Symbols of the North
Wildlife of the Rockies for Kids
Bears of the North
A Year Inside Their Worlds
A Celebration of Prairie Birds
The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation
The Scoop on Poop
The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop