Seriously, doesn't this just tug at your heart?
|Harry N. Abrams. October, 2015|
The Bear Report, written and illustrated by Thyra Heder, is a remarkable story blending fact and fantasy seamlessly, a magical power picture books have been known to exert over readers from time to time.
In this case the fiction is a realistic story of a girl who must write a report on polar bears... BORING!
The fantasy is that a polar bear (Olafur- don't you love that?) shows up to provide a guided tour of life as a polar bear. From that fantastic experience emerge facts about the food, habitat, and challenges to life in the Arctic.
The premise concludes with Sophie returning to write the most detailed and enthusiastic report ever!
I kept my comments short on Goodreads because this is one case where no amount of description or praise can do justice to the experience this book will provide.
"A powerful blend of story, science, and images ideally designed to capture both fantasy and fact. The young human is a perfect foil for the most appealing polar bear you'll ever meet, one that is wise and witty."
If I had the clout of a Kirkus Review, I'd have been more detailed. Instead, they did it for me, giving THE BEAR REPORT a starred review and saying this: