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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Dear Polar Bears

by (author) Gabrielle Prendergast

illustrated by Marcus Cutler

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Humorous Stories, Travel, Penguins, Bears, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Key Selling Points

  • Playful and informative, illustrating the diversity of the arctic and the differences between the North and South Poles, while hinting at the effects of climate change.
  • Includes facts about penguin and polar bear species, the distances between the Earth’s poles and Antarctica's longest day of the year (the summer solstice).
  • Simple text, written in epistolary style, is accompanied by humorous imagery to prompt discussion and further learning about travel, environmentalism and endangered species.
  • This is author Gabrielle Prendergast's second book to blend scientific fact with playful imagery, following If Pluto Was a Pea.
  • Illustrator Marcus Cutler infuses his artwork with delightful details and humor.

About the authors

Gabrielle Prendergast is a UK-born Canadian/Australian who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and daughter. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Gabrielle is the author of the verse novels Capricious and Audacious, which was shortlisted for a CLA Award, and The Frail Days in the Orca Limelights and the middle-grade novel Pandas on the Eastside. For More information, visit

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Marcus Cutler is a freelance children's illustrator from Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in magazines, books, apps and more and he has worked with a variety of clients including chickaDEE Magazine, OWL Magazine, Macmillan Publishers and Parks Canada. He is the illustrator of the Lark Ba Detective series, The Owl and the Two Rabbits and The Walrus and the Caribou. He lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.


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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“An adventurous tale that helps children understand the differences and the distance between the planet’s icy extremes.”

Hakai Magazine

“A work of art in both writing and pictures…An imaginative story with a nonfiction flare.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Marcus Cutler’s detailed digital illustrations add context and help guide young readers through the story.”

Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Cute, comical, and relatable to anyone who has traveled a long distance to visit someone...Cutler’s artwork entices all ages to read this book and, along with Prendergast’s fun facts, results in Dear Polar Bears’ being an enjoyable book that can be read over and over. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Lighthearted fun for all, with some solid underlying messages.”

Kirkus Reviews

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