Sea Bear

A Journey for Survival

by Lindsay Moore

On Sale: 01/22/2019

Sea Bear

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Sea Bear

A Journey for Survival

by Lindsay Moore

illustrated by Lindsay Moore

On Sale: 01/22/2019


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About the Book

“A subtle cry for environmental activism in an enticing package.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An artful and expressive take on the effects of global warming.”School Library Journal (starred review)

Lindsay Moore’s remarkable and beautifully illustrated picture book follows a lone polar bear as she makes her way across sea ice in the Arctic. Sea Bear is a deeply moving and informative story about perseverance, family, nature, and climate change that will resonate with readers of all ages. 

A solitary polar bear travels across the sea ice in pursuit of food. As the ice melts and food becomes scarce, she is forced to swim for days. Finally, storm-tossed and exhausted, she finds shelter on land, where she gives birth to cubs and waits for the sea to freeze again.

Informed by the author’s background in marine science, Sea Bear is a vivid and moving page-turner with a vital message about our changing planet. This is a gorgeously illustrated book, with the perfect marriage of scientific fact and poetry, that shows the reality of climate change and how it poses a threat to the animals of the Arctic. Perfect for family and classroom sharing.

Includes extensive backmatter about Arctic animals, climate change, and sea ice.

Critical Praise

★ “In poetic prose, a polar bear reveals her dependency on the cycle of Arctic seasons. The artwork is strikingly beautiful...The text also excels. Complementing its enchanting rhythym, the text includes some enjoyable alliteration...A subtle cry for environmental activism in an enticing package.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ “Subtly demonstrates the impact of global warming on polar bears. . . .[Moore] combines layers of different blues to contrast with the white ice and the white bear, which smartly emphasizes the solitude of the creature and its predicament. . . .An artful and expressive take on the effects of global warming—and a timely addition to picture book nonfiction collections.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “Stunning. . .the rich colors and textures of the Arctic environment are so lifelike, they might even elicit shivering. . . .a spectacular trek through the Arctic with the magnificent polar bear and a stark reminder of the effects of climate change.” — Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“The polar bear. . .has awareness and a voice, but it is not a human one. Dramatic, luminous art. . .presents vast expanses of sea and sky in shades of blue, gray, and white.” — ALA Booklist

“In Moore’s blue-saturated illustrations, ice, sky, and sea dominate. . . . The text presents the voice of the bear in the first person, somber and serious  . . .  with refrains that capture the experiences of her species: “Polar bears are patient beasts, as patient as glaciers. We know how to hope and how to wait.” At the close of the book, the message takes on both a hopeful and urgent tone.” — The Horn Book


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062791283
  • ISBN 10: 0062791281
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 01/22/2019
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Bears
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Animal Welfare
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Baby Animals
  • BISAC6 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Endangered
  • BISAC7 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Seasons
  • BISAC8 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Weather

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