Waiting for Ice (Hardcover)

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By Sandra Markle, Alan Marks (Illustrator)
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Captivating watercolor illustrations and lyrical text chronicle an orphaned polar bear’s fight for survival in the Arctic. Author’s note and additional facts included (6-9).

— From Animals - Nonfiction


Based on a true story, Waiting for Ice follows an orphaned polar bear cub as she struggles to find food on Wrangel Island, far north in the Arctic Ocean. Left alone at ten months old, the young female finds herself up against other bears who are bigger and stronger than she is—and just as hungry. Due to rising temperatures, the bears are trapped on the island until the ice packs reform. Only then can they venture out to hunt for seals and whales, using the ice as life rafts.

This poignant tale illustrates the serious threat of global climate crisis to these iconic Arctic predators.

About the Author

Sandra Markle has written over seventy nonfiction books for young readers, including her Growing Up Wild and Outside and Inside series. Her books have won awards from the Boston Globe/Horn Book, NSTA/CBC, ABA, and ALA. She lives in Florida.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781580892551
ISBN-10: 1580892558
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication Date: February 1st, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English