My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda

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This quintessential love book for parent and child -- a standout in the genre -- promises to become a perennial favorite for generations to come.

A winter wonderland awaits a young polar bear cub that emerges from its den for the first time. As the cub sets out on a dramatic arctic journey, it worries whether it has the skills to survive. But a parent's abiding presence and simple, reassuring words instill confidence and love.

In the tradition of such classics as THE RUNAWAY BUNNY and MAMA DO YOU LOVE ME?, this graceful, soothing tale speaks to the powerful bond between parent and child, and to the many stages of a child's growing independence, from first steps to first school experience and even to leaving home.

About Claudia Rueda

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Claudia Rueda grew up in Colombia, where she attended law and art school, worked as a political cartoonist, and published educational books for UNICEF. She is the author-illustrator of LET’S PLAY IN THE FOREST, a National Parenting Publications Gold Award winner and a 2008 Colombian IBBY Honor Book, as well as the illustrator of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s NACHO AND LOLITA. She lives in Bogotá, Colombia. You can visit her at
Published November 1, 2010 by Scholastic Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this minimalist, thoughtful piece, a little polar bear asks an important question: “Am I a polar bear?” The little one is gently assured by the parent polar bear that it’s a polar bear because it was born in the Arctic where polar bears have lived for a long time, that its fur is white, that i...

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