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Ice Bear [Paperback]

Nicola Davies , Gary Blythe
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1 Dec 2008
Huge, magnificent, alone, a white bear moves through the frozen Arctic. Powerful hunter, tender mother and gentle playmate - she shares this land of ice and snow with the Inuit people, who watch and learn from her. Come on an unforgettable journey into the world of the polar bear... Containing accurate information suitable for classroom projects and activities, this emotive, atmospheric picture book brings the icy grandeur of the Arctic to life.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406313041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406313048
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a zoologist by training and by passion - I've been lucky enough to see all sorts of animals in all sorts of places - Sperm whales off Dominica, gibbons in NE India, orang utans and hornbills and proboscis monkeys in Borneo (and that was just last year). But I love the ravens and blackbirds, barn owls and badgers in my own patch in S Wales. All my books are about the natural world in some way. I want my readers to feel the same fizz of excitement about animals that I do.

I used to have a small holding with sheep and chickens and the World's Daftest Dog, Flint. Sometimes, whilst I was waiting for the last kids to filter into the school hall on school visits, I'd tell the ones in the front row stories about the things that happened on my little 'farm'- escaping sheep, cockerels that sat on eggs - and they laughed. And that's how the Silver Street Farm books were born. I giggled myself silly writing them, and I think my readers laugh too. I love making people laugh.

I also rather enjoy making my readers cry. You know you've scored a writing goal if someone's wiping their eyes when you read a book to them. My novels A Girl Called Dog and Rubbish Town Hero and the new one coming soon Whale Boy, all have tear jerking moments. It's not that I like to torture my readers its just that even quite little children sometimes have horrible things happen to them, and I want to be truthful about that in the stories I write. So there are dark and scary things in my novels, but also lots of fun although can't promise that my endings are 'and they all lived happily ever after'.

Last year 2012 I wrote six books. I'm rather proud of myself! So there's lots of new things coming in 2013. The Lion Who Stole My arm, based on a true story about man eating lions, from Mozambique, one about village- trampling elephants called the Elephant Road, also based on a true story. And a very special picture book called The Promise, about how one heart changing can change the world. I'll be doing lots of events this year - starting with the Imagine Festival at the South Bank in February and including a tour of schools in Carthage and New York in the US and the Hay Festival and May.

One of the big perks of my job is working with fantastic illustrators that make my words come alive. Mark Hearld did a stunning job with A First Book of Nature and he's working on another one of mine now. Emily Sutton's made micro life sparkle with her illustrations of my book Tiny, out soon. And Laura Carlin's pictures for The Promise are amazing.

When I'm not writing, I sing. Singing makes me super happy. Not sure how happy it makes the people who come to hear me! Oh yeah and I work in schools, meeting readers and having a lovely time - the best perk of all of being a children's writer is working with children.

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Book Description

An informative, gorgeously illustrated study of the majestic polar bear.

About the Author

Nicola Davies is an author and zoologist. She says the Arctic is the most extraordinary place she has ever been. Nicola wanted to capture its magic by writing about the two ultimate Arctic survivors, polar bears and the Inuit people. Nicola is also the author of Big Blue Whale, Surprising Sharks and Poo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and full of wonder 4 Oct 2006
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This magical portrait reads more like a poem or a picture book. It's full of information and it speaks with authority to the reader. A great book for reading aloud to 5 to 8 year olds. A joy to read and incredibly educational.
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By Poohbaa
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One of a number of children's non-fiction books I have been advised to read for a university course about writing for children.

This is a beautiful book with meaninful text. Recommended for adults too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable look at Polar Bears 28 Mar 2013
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Not quite as good as Walk with a wolf, but still very good. My class enjoyed learning about Polar bears and the pictures are wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 4 Jun 2014
By StumpyB
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I bought this book to read to my class at school and I have to say they enjoyed it! Recommend it!
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