HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue
Author: Jennifer Keats Curtis
Photographer: John Gomes
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1628552089 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1628552085 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1628552171 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1628552174 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com (author), http://akjohn.com (photographer), http://www.SylvanDellPublishing.com or http://www.arbordalepublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Curtis, Jennifer Keats. Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue (published in 2014 by Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). What can be done to rescue an orphaned polar bear cub that is all alone in the wild? Kali is a baby polar bear whose mother has just died. Without her, Kali wouldn’t last long by himself out in the cold. So a man on a snowmobile takes the little bear to his village. The villagers put him on a plane and send him to a wildlife vet in North Slope Borough. From there, he goes on another plane ride to the Alaska Zoo. However, the zoo already has two adult polar bears, so it can provide only a temporary place for him. Will Kali ever find a permanent home? And if so, where?
Reading or hearing stories about animals, especially true stories like this one told by author Jennifer Keats Curtis, is fascinating for youngsters, and the full-color photographs by John Gomes make it all that more real. Children will delight to see pictures of Kali as he drinks from a big bottle, plays with balls, and sleeps with his stuffed toy. The educational value of Kali’s Story is enhanced by the four “For Creative Minds” pages in the back of the book with additional information on polar bears and how they are adapted for life in the Arctic, and a teaching activities guide is available at the publisher’s website. Did you know that the polar bear is the largest land carnivore on earth?