Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears
Karl and Hazel are polar bears. They are not friends.
Until . . . CRAAACCKKK!
Of all the polar bears, Karl is stuck with one who doesn’t like to talk.
Of all the polar bears, Hazel is stuck with the one who talks too much.
And now they’re drifting out to sea together. . . .
Also includes fun facts and resources about polar bears and the Arctic.
Karl and Hazel spend time trying to keep to themselves, but soon they realize that life is better in their little space if they talk, play games, and cooperate. Soon they are friends.
ADRIFT: AN ODD COUPLE OF POLAR BEARS is a fun and funny story of acceptance. It celebrates the differences between people (or rather, polar bears), and it shows that what can annoy you one moment can quickly become something you enjoy when circumstances change.
The illustrations in ADRIFT are basic, but full of life. Despite the simple drawings, children will be able to read the expressions on Karl and Hazel’s faces, and each page has something on which to linger. The narrative, too, is simple, but that helps the story move and it ensures a parent’s willingness to read the book as many times as it’s requested!
Olien closes the book with information on polar bears, their habitat, and what people can do to be supportive of both.
ADRIFT is a great book that will engage toddlers and young elementary as well as adults. I definitely recommend it.
Easy-to-read but fun text