With lush illustrations and spare, evocative language, Sea Bear takes us on an epic journey through the Arctic in search of something to stand on. Written in the first person, we experience the wonder of the Arctic and the rhythm of the sea as a young polar bear swims across the ocean. Gorgeous and lyrical, this timely book shows us the impact of climate change, while never mentioning it, as it lets us feel the challenges facing a polar bear as the sea ice disappears.
Listen to the story
Recorded reading with permission from HarperCollins
Do a craft!
Create an arctic home for a clay-sculpted polar bear! Take-and-Make Arctic Diorama kits can be picked up curbside starting on December 22nd. Call or email the library at 426-3581 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup.
If you joined the program late and missed the craft pick-up, you can still do the craft at home using the instructions found here.
Big Ideas & enduring Understanding
All animal species face challenges, and humans can make changes to help.
The beauty and diversity of the Arctic is being threatened by climate change.
Everything is interconnected; for every action there is a reaction.
Dig a little Deeper
Beyond the Book: Ideas, Questions, Projects and Connections:
The polar bear in this story shows incredible endurance. Imagine you are a group of polar bears. Challenge yourselves to build your own endurance by balancing on one foot for increasing periods of time (5 sec, 10 sec, etc.). Also try sitting silently, doing a plank, touching your toes, or other ideas that you have.