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The Resource The very, very far north : a story for gentle readers and listeners, by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by Kelly Pousette

The very, very far north : a story for gentle readers and listeners, by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by Kelly Pousette

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The very, very far north : a story for gentle readers and listeners
Title
The very, very far north
Title remainder
a story for gentle readers and listeners
Statement of responsibility
by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by Kelly Pousette
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As Duane, a polar bear, explores his new home he makes friends with the wide variety of creatures he encounters, despite their varied personalities
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Character
Illustration
Award
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2019.
Review
  • Grades 2-4 /* Starred Review */ In the Very, Very Far North, there lives a variety of Arctic creatures: C.C., the brainy snowy owl; Handsome, the vain but well-mannered musk ox; Magic, the prank-playing arctic fox; Major Puff, the militant puffin; Twitch, the, well, twitchy hare; and the character around whom the ensuing adventures revolve, Duane the polar bear. Duane’s forays in friendship and explorations of his snowy home wonderfully follow in the tradition of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories. Readers will immediately feel at home in the bear’s company as he visits C.C. in her shipwreck dwelling, contemplates snacks and naps, charmingly names his surroundings (e.g., the Fabulous Beach), and befriends all who cross his path. Each chapter contains its own adventure, which imparts a lesson or insight into how to interact with others, without being heavy-handed. For instance, Duane, who loves giving bear hugs, finds an alternative gesture of affection for C.C., who doesn’t like to be touched. Similarly, empathetic Twitch isn’t one to “throw carrots” (judge) when Major Puff exhibits some peculiar habits. Pousett’s soft pencil illustrations work in absolute harmony with the text, accomplishing the seemingly impossible task of making this book even more endearing. Gentle humor, a personable narrative voice, and some elevated vocabulary fortify the simple, character-driven adventures, which will win over young readers in a heartbeat. -- Julia Smith (Reviewed 7/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 21, p72)
  • Friendly curiosity and a gift for naming earn a polar bear an assortment of (mostly animal) friends, adventures, mishaps, and discoveries. Arriving at a northern ocean, Duane spies a shipwreck. Swimming out to investigate, he meets its lone occupant, C.C., a learned snowy owl whose noble goal is acquiring knowledge to apply "toward the benefit of all." Informing Duane that he's a polar bear, she points out a nearby cave that might suit him—it even has a mattress. Adding furnishings from the wreck—the grandfather clock's handless, but who needs to tell time when it's always now?—he meets a self-involved musk ox, entranced by his own reflection, who's delighted when Duane names him "Handsome." As he comes to understand, then appreciate their considerable diversity, Duane brings out the best in his new friends. C.C., who has difficulty reading emotions and dislikes being touched, evokes the autism spectrum. Magic, a bouncy, impulsive arctic fox, manifests ADHD. Major Puff, whose proud puffin ancestry involves courageous retreats from danger, finds a perfect companion in Twitch, a risk-aware, common-sensical hare. As illustrated, Sun Girl, a human child, appears vaguely Native, and Squint, a painter, white, but they're sui generis: The Canadian author avoids referencing human culture. The art conveys warmth in an icy setting; animal characters suggest beloved stuffed toys, gently reinforcing the message that friendship founded on tolerance breeds comfort and safety. Quirky and imaginative—postmodern storytelling at its best. (Animal fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10798617
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bar-el, Dan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
008-012
LC call number
PZ7.B250315
LC item number
Ver 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Pousette, Kelly
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polar bear
  • Bears
  • Animals
  • Friendship
  • Arctic regions
  • Humorous stories
  • Polar bear
  • Bears
  • Animals
  • Friendship
  • Arctic regions
  • Humorous stories
Target audience
pre adolescent
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a story for gentle readers and listeners
Label
The very, very far north : a story for gentle readers and listeners, by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by Kelly Pousette
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
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Control code
2018037005
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
265 pages
Isbn
9781534433410
Lccn
2018037005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1051777561
Label
The very, very far north : a story for gentle readers and listeners, by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by Kelly Pousette
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
2018037005
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
265 pages
Isbn
9781534433410
Lccn
2018037005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1051777561

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