DetailsA polar bear? No way!
There are no polar bears in Jasper!
But if it IS a polar bear, how did he get here ... and what is he looking for?
Angela, an imaginative 12-year-old girl, loves to ski and is looking forward to a fun-filled week at Jasper with her family. But she has no idea that an incredible adventure is waiting for her on the mountain.
Meanwhile, concerned about the deterioration of their habitat and their very survival, the polar bears from Northern Manitoba have decided to take matters into their own hands (er, paws).
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ISBN 9781894431293 Publication Date Nov 1, 2008 Author Montgomery, Mercedes Illustrator No Pages 128 Size 6.00″ x 8.50″
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A polar bear in Jasper! No one would believe it, not even Angela, who loved to imagine snow shapes in the form of animals and storybook characters as she skied down the powdery slopes. At least not until a real polar bear pulled her out of a snow bank and began to talk!
Nanuq, the polar bear, had walked from the Arctic in search of a child, hoping for help to save the polar bear from the problems of global warming and environmental change. In a dream the polar bears were able to see the devastating future caused by the melting ice, and now they are searching for human assistance. Nanuq tells Angela his story, pleading for her and others to help.
In this delightful and imaginative story, the author brings to life the current problems of global warming in the Arctic and the inevitable plight of the polar bear. As her story continues, Angela becomes actively involved in the Arctic Wildlife Kids' Club, studying climate change in the Arctic. In university she continues with environmental studies, wildlife and marine biology, studying polar bears and whales. Then following her doctorate degree she heads to Churchill to become involved in an important research project. And she is determined to look for Nanuq everywhere!
Young readers will become thoroughly involved in Angela's adventures from the moment Nanuq asks her to meet him on the mountain.
Combining fact and fantasy, this timely writ-ten novel sends an important message. Interesting and pertinent information regarding the Arctic polar bear is included in this suspense-filled tale. The story is told in a positive, upbeat style, but nevertheless conveys an emotional sense of urgency. This book should prove to be an excellent starting point for discussion and a stimulus for projects concerning the environment and global warming. It is highly recommended for an elementary school library as well as for classroom studies.
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When Angela returns from holiday on her thirteenth birthday, she finds her room transformed into an arctic setting, complete with murals of polar bears. She has “had a thing” for polar bears ever since a family holiday in Jasper National Park. Subsequent chapters explain the source of her preoccupation, and take the form of an animal fable.
The polar bears of northern Manitoba have begun to have prophetic dreams of disaster. Led by a young bear called Nanuq, they convene to discuss the cause and remedy. The cause is global warming, melting ice, and the disappearance of their food source. They decide that the hope for saving their habitat lies with the children of the world, and resolve to find children and make them aware of their plight. Nanuq makes the arduous journey to Jasper, where he sees Angela. They are brought together when he rescues her from an accident on the ski-slope. From that moment on, she is converted to the cause of saving the polar bears and joins forces with others converted to activism by the traveling bears.
Like most animal fables, this one has a strong moral theme. It combines the call to environmental activism with the message that young people can make a difference to the world. That they are the future is evidenced by the fact that Angela’s commitment lasts into adulthood. Her life’s work becomes the study of the polar bears of Wapusk National Park.
The combination of realism and fable works well to give the book a strong appeal. Angela is a fully realized character with whom readers can easily identify. She comes with protective parents, older and younger sisters, and an annoying brother. For those who are converted to the cause of helping polar bears, Montgomery supplies a useful bibliography of articles, books, and websites.