Format: PDF Review Copy (Hardcover available)
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Books
What did you like about the book? Any parent that has taken their child to the beach will see themselves in this book. The story begins with the perfect beach day–that is if you are a polar bear and your beach is an icecap! A family of polar bears are arriving at the “beach”complete with towels, various floating devices, water toys, and picnic baskets. Older siblings jump into the frosty water, but the youngest cub is clinging onto his father for dear life. He does not want to jump into the water and is perfectly content watching the action a few inches above the surface. Meanwhile, his siblings are enjoying games, fishing and simply splashing around in the cold waters. Every once in a while, they swim by and offer him a floating device–tube, noodle, board, and he takes them all. With all this extra help, this little cub is finally able to float on the water and enjoy a day at the beach. That is, until mom gets in and now he wants her to hold him.
The illustrations completely capture a typical family at the beach–except we are dealing with bears and the beach is made of ice. As the young cub clings to his father, we can see the older ones diving in and playing with each other in the water. We even see the mother on her cell phone or reading a magazine. A funny part is when she complains (“Ugh, it’s warm.”) when she dips her toe in at the water’s edge. I guess that is something a polar bear would think!
Anything you did not like about the book. No
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of two and five. I think the story would be very relatable to young children who might be a little cautious when it comes to jumping into the water at a beach. Great for a summer read because it puts a spin on a beach outing.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and five.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, a fresh look at a day at the beach.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: May 15, 2020