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Waiting for Ice
by Sandra Markle
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In this picture book the reader will visit Wrangle Island, a spit of land in the Arctic Ocean. An orphaned polar bear cub must try to survive after being separated from her mother.

Ten months old, the cub is going to have to fend for herself on an island with far too many other bears. With global warming, the ice pack the polar bears normally live on has diminished and this island is suddenly too crowded.

Finding food becomes a real chore for the cub, but if she is to survive she must adapt to the conditions and live off what she can scavenge. Eventually, conditions change and a blizzard arrives. Slowly the ice pack returns and there's more room to roam and find food.

You'll find more about polar bears and the changing conditions they must cope with at the end of this picture book (which is based on a true story). This would be an ideal book to use to begin a study of either climate change or the lives of polar bears.

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