Nanuk the Ice Bear by Jeanette WinterNanuk the Ice Bear by Jeanette Winter

Nanuk the Ice Bear

byJeanette WinterIllustratorJeanette Winter

Picture Books | January 19, 2016

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Experience Arctic chills and warm hugs in this nonfiction picture book about a loving polar bear family from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter.

At the top of the world, Nanuk the ice bear hunts for food, meets a mate, and hibernates through the winter with her newborn cubs. When spring arrives, Nanuk teaches her beloved cubs how to hunt and swim and survive in the arctic. This new picture book by acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter is a stunning portrait of a loving polar bear family with a subtle environmental message.
Jeanette Winter has written and/or illustrated over a dozen children's books, including "Calavera Abecedario" and "The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq," as well as biographies of Diego Rivera, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georgia O'Keeffe among others. Winter is celebrated for her distinctive painting style, picture design, and...
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Title:Nanuk the Ice BearFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:48 pages, 8.25 X 9.5 X 0.5 inPublished:January 19, 2016Publisher:Beach Lane BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481446673

ISBN - 13:9781481446679

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Nanuk the Ice Bear lives “at the top of the world.” Nanuk’s life is pretty standard, as far as polar bear existence goes: some hunting, finding a mate (as Winter calls it, “the dance of courtship”), hibernation. Eventually Nanuk gives birth to cubs and shows them the ways of her “quiet white world.” But there is cause for concern in Nanuk’s changing environment: “The ice is melting. The sea is rising. Soon there will be no place to hunt.” The story ends with Nanuk dreaming a hopeful dream of a snowy future. Winter’s small-scale illustrations in her recognizable precise style appear in rectangular frames throughout. On the book’s first spread a sea-green wave floats subtly along the bottom of the pages; flipping through the book, the wave gets steadily higher. Eventually, as Nanuk’s homeland melts away, the entire background is a flood of ocean-hued blue, but the final spread reverses the pattern with a white wave along the bottom: an optimistic sign of a snowy future? Winter’s text, with its unapologetically environmentalist message, is written in simple, declarative sentences that generally start on the right hand side of the spread and continue on to the next page, making for a fluid, well-paced read....this is a thoughtful and thought provoking work.