Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? George the polar bear is very grumpy. He decides that the city is not a good place to live and sets off to find a better home. He tries the jungle but doesn’t like sleeping in trees. Mountains don’t work with his fear of heights and the desert is too hot. The sea is better except for the giant waves. Finally, George comes to “a strange, white land.” Finally, he has found the perfect home. The flat graphic illustrations are a wonderful complement to the story. Especially striking is the double page spread of George in a row boat atop a wave against the deep blue of a starry night, bringing to mind the classic Japanese woodblock print The Great Wave by Hokusai. Readers will fall in love with George and his adventure.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A cute addition to story times about home or polar bears.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 5/20/19