This beautifully illustrated hardback book is reminiscent of Briggs The Snowman. Sara is staying with her grandad just before Christmas when it snows, preventing her from going home. She makes a snow bear and her grandad helps her construct an igloo. When they both can't sleep they go out to the igloo with sandwiches and a flask and settle down whilst grandad tells Sara stories of his time in the Arctic with his dad. Sara finds herself with a real life polar bear cub who has lost his mum, and together they set off to find their way home to loved ones - but is it real or a dream? The B&W drawings add to the story, some being double page which is unusual in a fiction book, some half page chapter starters and some breaking up the text. It's also a story that is teaching about Arctic life and polar bears without being preachy.
The snow bear was a heart-warming tale about a girl who goes to stay at her Grandfather's house which gets snowed in. She waits and waits for her mum and dad to come, but all the roads are blocked, and they are unable to. To cheer her up, her grandfather builds a mini igloo out of snow and ice, and a snow bear to go with it! They sleep in the igloo that night, and Sara wakes up to find outside extremely different, and to find that her ice bear is alive! Can she get home with a little snowy help? I'd recommend this!