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Book: Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book
Author: Katharine Hall
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1628552096 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1628552093 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1628552188 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1628552182 (Paperback)
Related website: 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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Hall, Katharine. Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book (published in 2014 by Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). Do you know where polar bears live? And do you know where penguins live? Both exist in polar climates where there is a lot of snow, and both like to swim in cold water. However, polar bears live in the Arctic region around the North Pole, whereas penguins live in the Antarctic which is the continent surrounding the South Pole. Polar bears are mammals covered with fur. Penguins are birds covered with feathers. There are many other similarities and differences between these two kinds of animals and their environments. So, do you think that you would likely see a nature photograph with both a polar bear and a penguin in the same shot?
The stunning photographs in Polar Bears and Penguins, along with author Katharine Hall’s instructive text, introduce young readers not only to these two fascinating creatures themselves, but also to the location and terrain of the polar regions, the many other types of bears and the various species of penguins, living habits of polar bears and penguins, and how the seasons are different at the two poles. The four back pages of “For Creative Minds” learning activities include further information on the seasons, polar mammals, and “A Year at the Poles,” plus polar bear true-false and penguin matching exercises, and more free activities are available online at the publisher’s website. Kids will learn that they might see polar bears and penguins near each other at a zoo, but they would never be found in the same habitats in the wild because they live at opposite ends of the Earth.