Picture Book Review: Polar Bear Morning

A sequel of sorts to Polar Bear Night, Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson (illustrated by Stephen Savage) is a charming and gentle picture book perfect for reading aloud. The rhythm of the text is particularly delightful — it feels like you’re reading a poem. Likewise, the pacing is excellent and creates tension in only the most pleasant “I can’t wait to see what will happen” way.

Stephen Savage’s characteristic linocut illustrations feature a cool palette that’s balanced by the bold shapes and textures to create pages that are interesting and exciting without being overwhelming or cluttered.

I really like this book and can’t wait to use it in a storytime!

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One thought on “Picture Book Review: Polar Bear Morning

  1. Lauren Thompson here. Thanks for your kind words! I appreciate that you noticed the “poetry” element of the text. That’s how I approached it — precise, concise, evocative. And I too am thrilled with Stephen Savage’s artwork.

    Thanks for your wonderful service to young people!

    Lauren

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