Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Ice Bears

Ice Bears

Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrations by Ilya Spirin

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Trade Paperback

On a freezing day in the arctic, two polar bear cubs venture outside with their mother. She teaches them how to use their claws so they don't slip in their frozen world. Then she leads them across the sea ice, the only place to hunt for seals, their primary food. The bears need lots of fat to survive through the summer when the ice is gone and food is scarce.

Bestselling author Brenda Guiberson gives young readers a fascinating glimpse into the world of the polar bear. Breathtaking illustrations by Ilya Spirin bring the rich details of the arctic to life.

Kansas State Reading Circle, John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Natural History Writing - Winner, Orbis Pictus Recommended Title


Praise for Ice Bears

“Lush, realistic watercolor illustrations. . . . This is a worthy introduction to a topic with perennial interest.” —Booklist

“The informative text and illustrations stimulate our curiosity while stressing the importance of the environment to the lives of the bears.” —Children's Literature

“Guiberson uses precise verbs and onomatopoeia to paint a picture of the daily activities of the bears while gracefully weaving in facts. . . . Spirin's detailed watercolors are surprisingly varied in depicting an essentially frozen world.” —School Library Journal

“A directory of environmental groups working to reduce global warming equip[s] young readers with the tools to address the problem.” —The New York Times

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrations by Ilya Spirin

Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Cactus Hotel, Spoonbill Swamp, Moon Bear, and Disasters. As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer—her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators, and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure—one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Ilya Spirin is the son of award-winning illustrator Gennady Spirin. Ice Bears was his first book. He lives in New Jersey.

Brenda Z. Guiberson

Mary M. Gallagher

Ilya Spirin

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