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The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 26 user ratings
ISBN:0395727669
LANGUAGE:English

" A heartwarming and heart wrenching picture book telling the Inuit tale of the old woman and her faithful and loving polar bear son. This book made me happy with a few humans and angry with the rest. #PB #tales #InuitRetold and illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich. Published by Clarion Books. " said.

" Grade: K-1 or 2-3 (?)Topic: learning about the Arctic/polar bears, living organisms, stories about animalsThis story is a tale told by Inuit tribes about an old woman who raises a faithful polar bear. It could be used to talk about folk tales in different cultures, or to talk about life in the Arctic, or simply to learn a little bit about polar bears or the Inuit people. " said.

"A village's old woman is hungry and tired because she is alone. She has no sons or husband to help her. Not until she finds a polar bear and raises it has her own son. She is happy, but the rest of the village is jealous of her easy access to food and survival. They threaten to kill the bear, so the old woman forced the bear to leave. Find the book to figure what happened to the bear and old woman in the village. This book can be used to help students make their writings more relatable to their life. They can write about topics that are important to them and culturally related. " said.

" a lovely example of similar circumstances leading to convergent folktales. " said.

" Rory really enjoyed this. A very sweet story of love. Got this when looking for Native American stories. " said.

" Sweet story. Beautiful illustrations. " said.

" In this warm clear survival story, a lonely old Inuit woman adopts an orphan polar bear cub and raises it as her son until jealous hunters in the village threaten the bear’s life. The cool, muted gouache illustrations bring this loving story to life showing that family always sticks together. " said.

" An Inuit traditional tale about an old woman that takes in a baby Polar Bear cub whose mother has been killed. The story is poignant and illustrations are gentle. This picture book would support upper elementary grades learning about Native Americans. I'm not sure if it would work in a folk tale unit as it might be harder to find the usual characteristics of this genre. Well worth a read. " said.

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