Friday, March 14, 2014

Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katharine Hall

Hardcover ISBN: 9781628552096, $17.95
Paperback ISBN: 9781628552188, $9.95
Polar Bears and Penguins by Katharine Hall is a nicely designed informative picture book that examines the differences in Polar Bears and Penguins – themselves, their habitat, their locale. I found the pictures and text very nice and straight forward. I especially liked the explanation of the difference between the Artic and Antarctica.

The young reader will enjoy reading the book
repeatedly and the facts they will gain from doing so. In the back of the book there is wordier section of learning activities that will need to have the help and guidance of an adult. I found it disturbing, though, that there is a true/false set of questions that have no connection with the information covered in the book.  The “facts” in the true/false answers are good to learn, but no one wants a quiz about information that has not been covered. The “Creative Minds” material is straight forward and informative without too much detail. Seemingly just right the young learner.

All-in-all, I find this a book I can easily recommend for the home library, public and school library, and gifting by doting grandparents or aunties.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Abordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.

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