Polar Bear Fur Isn’t White!: And Other Amazing Facts

Simon Spotlight/S. & S./. (Super Facts for Super Kids). Dec. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534476646; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781534476639.
Gr 1-3–Did you know that polar bear fur is hollow and clear? Feldman’s appealing nonfiction title shares many little-known facts about this fascinating arctic animal. Readers learn about light reflection and absorption as they uncover the mystery of why polar bear fur isn’t white. The humorous and engaging language allows children to learn while reading. Photographs and cartoon images with bright speech bubbles are included. Each page is purposefully crafted so that the illustration specifically matches the text. Maps, diagrams, a table of contents, and a glossary are included. If used in a classroom, this book would serve as an excellent example of how an author and illustrator use text features to help readers understand the content.
VERDICT Teachers and librarians should include this title in their nonfiction collections for early elementary readers.

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