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Poles Apart    by Jeanne Willis & Stephen Jarvis order for
Poles Apart
by Jeanne Willis
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2016 (2016)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Although polar bears and penguins are not usually buddies, that isn't the case in this adorable picture book. In fact, just the opposite is true. When the Pilchard-Brown family (penguins) head off for a picnic and get very, very lost, a friendly polar bear (Mr. White) comes to their rescue.

How the penguins manage to get 12,430 miles off course and away from their South Pole home is a bit of a mystery, but no matter. 'Don't think of it as a mistake,' says Mr. White. 'Think of it as the start of a big adventure. Maybe I could help you find your way home.'

Indeed it is! With the helpful polar bear's assistance, they begin a journey that takes them to the United States, England, Italy, India, Australia, and (eventually) the South Pole.

Your preschooler will enjoy this entertaining book with excellent illustrations that make this unusual friendship and amusing odyssey a captivating read. So join in the journey with the penguins and polar bear and see a bit of the world!

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