Monday, December 26, 2016

The Bear Report by Thyra Heder - Mom About Library #7

"The Bear Report" follows Sophie - who isn't excited to do a report on polar bears. After writing the "bear" minimum ( get it? get it? : ) Sophie goes to the living room to watch tv- where she is surprised to find Olaf, a real life polar bear waiting for her.

Book Title: The Bear Report
Author: Thyra Heder
Publication: 2015

Sophie does not want to do her homework, a research report on polar bears. Bor-ing. They’re big. They eat things. They’re mean. What else is there to say about them anyway? As it turns out, plenty. And when a polar bear named Olafur swoops her away to the Arctic, she soon learns all about the playful bear’s habits and habitat—from glacier mice to the northern lights—and, despite her first reservations, she finds herself not just interested but excited about the Arctic. When the two are swept out to sea on an iceberg, Sophie’s new knowledge and knack for creative thinking pay off in a big way: she calls a whale to their aid! Inspired by her journey, she’s ready to return home and take another swing at her assignment, this time with gusto.
The Bear Report showcases the power of curiosity and imagination to fill any blank canvas, whether it’s an incomplete homework assignment or the Arctic ice.

I absolutely loved reading this book. Sophie goes on a magical, and beautifully illustrated, journey to the Arctic with Olaf. There Sophie discovers the wonder of nature and polar bears while swept up in the excitement of exploration and learning. Many of the panels in this book are actually wordless, and the illustrations on these pages especially are frame worthy. I also love how these wordless panels offer so many opportunities for conversation with older readers!
I read this book to my one year old, who didn't quite "get it" but was very interested in the large illustrations. I think this book would be great for a child who needs some inspiration when it comes to putting down their devices and really enjoying the world!

Have you read "the Bear Report"? I definitely recommend it! What other books, for children or adults) do you love that explore nature? To find a copy of "The Bear Report" at your local library click here or click the link below to view this great book on Amazon!


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