Dr. Wilda Reviews: Polarity Bear Tours the Zoo: A Central Park Adventure

2 Oct

Moi recveived a complimentary copy of Polarity Bear Tours the Zoo: A Central Park Adventure. Marianne Richmond writes in What Makes a Good Children’s Book?

1. Strong characters who evoke strong emotion

Good children’s books, no matter how simple or complex, offer a sense of joy.  They can make us laugh or cry by giving us a character we want to care about….

2. A Story that Teaches

Good stories can teach simple concepts about numbers, letters or colors — OR they can teach about diversity, love, manners, and acceptance.

3. Mind-expanding illustrations, vocabulary or concepts                                           http://thewritepractice.com/childrens-book/

First, the book has a story that is a sweet story for kids, but asks the very adult question about the effect of living in a zoo has on animals. For a good discussion, see Should wild animals be kept in captivity?   http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-wild-animals-be-kept-in-captivity and Arguments For and Against Zoos http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalsinentertainment/a/Arguments-For-And-Against-Zoos.htm

Most children will not be drawn into the discussion of zoos, but will likely focus on Polarity’s fun and playful time away from captivity. Still, the message of the book is there.

It is well written and will appeal to younger children. It also gives the parents or guardians reading to the child something to think about.

Dr. Wilda recommends Polarity Bear Tours the Zoo: A Central Park Adventure for children from three to eight, but Polarity could provoke discussion among all ages.

Here is information about the book from the book’s site:

About the Author

Sue de Cuevas has been telling children’s stories all her life, but this is the first one she wrote down. As Sue Lonoff, she spent thirty years as a teacher and administrator at Harvard University, retiring in 2011. She also writes scholarly books and articles and is a specialist on the Brontë sisters.

About the Illustrator

Wendy Rasmussen developed a passion for drawing people and animals as a child growing up in rural New Jersey. After graduating from Drew University with a B.A. in biology and art, she worked as an art director in the advertising industry for 14 years. In 1989 she became a full-time freelance illustrator and established Mill Race Studio. She has illustrated over 25 books, most of which involve animals.

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Format:  Hardcover,

36 pages

Publisher: Partners Pub Group

Publish Date: Dec 2011

ISBN-13: 9780692015520

ISBN-10: 0692015523

See, The Birth of a Bear and a Book http://www.wendyrasmussen.com/

Dr. Wilda gives Polarity a thumbs up.

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