Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice by Jason Viola, illustrated by Zack Giallongo. 120 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL/ NON-FICTION First Second (Roaring Brook Press), 2019. $20.
Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.
BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
A mother polar bear is teaching her two bear cubs about how to survive. As she teaches them to hunt and build dens, she also explains different parts of the eco-system that affect their survival, such as the ice. Mama polar bear explains interactions polar bears have had with humans and how the climate change is affecting their lives.
I enjoyed this non-fiction glimpse into the lives of polar bears and their interesting habits. Some of the Science Comic graphic novels have concepts that are too hard for elementary readers to understand, but this one is perfect for upper elementary or middle school. I think this is an effective way to show how climate change is impacting the animals of our world and why the ice maters to our planet. I put the violence as PG because when the bears are eating a whale it is bloody.
Reviewer, C. Peterson.
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