Polar Bear Postman by Seigo KijimaPolar Bear Postman by Seigo Kijima

Polar Bear Postman

bySeigo Kijima

Picture Books | November 1, 2017

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Milk is the polar bear postmaster of the forest. One day he receives a card that says “Please help!” It is from a red-crested crane couple whose chick has gone missing. Spring gives way to summer and Milk receives another post card—this time from a red-crested crane couple who live in another district telling him that they have been taking care of a lost crane chick and asking for help in finding its family. Milk is modeled on an actual polar bear living in the Kushiro Zoo in Hokkaido, who is so adept at walking erect on his two hind legs that visitors say he looks like a person in a bear suit. The bear is joined in this amusing story by a variety of animal species native to Hokkaido.
Seigo Kijima was born in the eastern Hokkaido city of Kushiro. In 2013, he received the Japan Picture Book Awards Readers’ Prize for the first picture book he illustrated, Kirin ga kuru hi (A New Giraffe). In 2015, he created his first solo picture book, Shirokuma yubinkyoku (Polar Bear Post Office).
Title:Polar Bear PostmanFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.5 × 8.25 × 0.4 inPublished:November 1, 2017Publisher:MuseyonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940842212

ISBN - 13:9781940842219


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely story about cooperation and never giving up "This is Milk, the postmaster at the Polar Bear Post Office. All the animals in the forest know they can count on him." What a beautiful character resume he has. One morning while Milk is stamping the mail he notices a postcard addressed to him. That's odd he thinks and quickly he reads it. It is from the Red-Crowned Cranes in District 1. They desperately need help as their baby chick has been missing for three days. The family got separated while looking for food together in the marsh. They respect and revere Milk so much they just knew he would help them find their missing little one. Milk's heart is deeply troubled at their loss and deeply touched by the fact they trust him enough to get him involved. He immediately gets on his bike and seeks out his friends: the Red Fox, the Sika Deer, the Siberian Chipmunk and at night he goes deep into the forest to tell the old Blakiston's fish owl about the Red-Crowned Crane's plight, just to name a few. The answer from each creature is always the same. "My goodness this is serious! I'll tell all my friends." A missing baby crane alert goes out throughout the forest but unfortunately goes unanswered. Seasons pass by and still nothing. The little chick seems to have just disappeared into thin air.... or has he? Milk never gives up looking for that little guy. Relentlessly he searches on. Then one morning a true miracle happens. Milk notices another postcard addressed to him with great news sent from the Red-Crowned Cranes in District 3. They write that some time back they found and raised a lost baby chick but they cannot find his parents. They ask Milk to please help them locate their whereabouts so they could deliver the little guy to his rightful parents. Do you think the reunion is successful, that that miracle was fulfilled and they all lived happily ever after? This book speaks to the themes of cooperation, having a loving, caring community to live in, working together no matter what your differences to solve a serious problem, and never ever giving up. The illustrations are strong and vibrant enriching the storyline greatly. I love the message of the book and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-09-29

Editorial Reviews

"My daughter enjoyed reading about Milk, and since she’s always been enamored by sending and receiving mail via post, she was impressed by how much could be accomplished through the mailman." —Ashley Rae, thriftybibliophile.com