Counting Polar Bears in Alaska
Sasquatch Books, Paperback, 9781570615207, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 5, 2008
A polka-playing band of ten polar bears gathers on an iceberg that's big enough to serve as a stage. The music strikes up, when suddenly-SNAP-a chunk of the iceberg breaks off, and one of the bears floats away. Then-BOINK-must be warming up because another piece of the ice and another musician just crashed off the side. Can you imagine a polka band without the tuba? Counting backwards, the band is eventually reduced toÉnone. But fear not, the bears push their pieces of the iceberg back together, and the show goes on!
Erik Brooks is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Washington State Book Award winner, "Polar Opposites", and the CBC/IRA Children s Choices Award winner, "The Practically Perfect Pajamas". His most recent illustrated book, "Sea Star Wishes", was selected as the July 2013 Book of the Month by US Children s Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt. From his home in Winthrop, Washington, Erik also writes and draws "Harts Pass", a weekly comic strip for the "Methow Valley News", visits schools and libraries around the country, and plays in the woods like a wolverine! erikbrooks.blogspot.com
"Playful words, fun illustrations, and a bouncing rhythm help young readers learn to count. The story includes a gentle conservation message."
—Polar Bears International