Nanook and Naoya:
The Polar Bear Cubs.
Angele Delaunois. Translated by Mary Shelton.
Grades 3 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.
July to September: The summer of waiting
Pushed by the north winds, what remains of the ice pack is scattered in blocks of ice on the ocean towards the southwest. Scattered too are the seals who fish off the coasts in the mild season.
All the bears have gone back to dry land. In late fall, when the cold will once more imprison the bay in its shackles of ice, they will set off again to chase seals. But from now until then they have to be satisfied with the meagre pittance that the northern summer grudgingly offers to the largest carnivore on earth.
Originally written in French, this is a translation by Mary Shelton of Nanook et Naoya, les oursons polaires. The author, Angele Delaunois, has written several other non-fiction French books about animals. This English translation accompanies two other books from Orca in the same collection (but not by the same author) -- one about a whale and the other about a baby seal.
Jane Robinson is a teacher in Winnipeg.
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