Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Stephen Savage
Following the picture book Polar Bear Night, this second book continues the story of the little polar bear cub. The cub wakes up and peeks out at the day and snow outside her warm den. As she starts to explore, she discovers another little cub out playing too, sliding down a little snow hill. The two of them immediately start playing together, running towards the sea and eventually jumping into the icy water side by side. The two little friends end up together on an ice berg surrounded by family, seals and whales.
Perfect for toddlers, this book speaks to the speed at which small children can find playmates and make friends. As the two polar cubs run together, they pass different arctic animals like seals, walrus, seagulls and whales. The text is brief and clearly sets the story in the arctic, the cold, the ice and the warmth of friendship.
Savage once again has amazing illustrations that are filled with chunky shapes, deep textures and shading that makes it stand out. My favorite page in the book has the two small cubs nose to nose, one with a plop of snow on his head.
A nice morning read aloud, this book be a good fit with bear story times or wintry tales. Appropriate for ages 1-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Scholastic Press.