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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Nanu the polar bear lived in a peaceful little village in the vast open Arctic. Nanu loved seals and he knew it was time to go hunting when his stomach rumbled. Every year the earth got warmer and it was difficult for Nanu to find food so slowly he learned how to fish. Fish did not fill his belly like the seals did and it was difficult to catch fish. Nanu was hungry and sad as he fell asleep on the ice floe. He dreamed there were lots of fish to eat and realized that everything was connected. He understood that without ice algae would not grow underneath and no algae meant no fish food. Without fish, the seals were hungry and that meant Nanu had no food too. With the ice melting, the ships came to drill for oil and made everything dirty and noisy. Nanu saw a pod of whales jump and dive, and he decided to join them, hoping to find food. He met Toklo the whale, who introduced him to his good friend Ahnah who lived in the village there. Ahnah told her grandma about the problems faced by Nanu, the other bears, and the whales. Would they be able to help these animals and save their lives?
Save The Arctic by Bethany Stahl is a beautiful story about conserving energy daily so that the earth can be saved. The author's illustrations are wonderful and they make the concept clear and tangible to young readers. The topic is relevant and the approach is fresh. The exercises at the end of the story and the Arctic facts make the book entertaining, informative, and educational in a fun way. It is an excellent book for tutors to use for read-aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it will make children aware of the importance of protecting the earth and teach them to be kind towards their planet. It is a good bedtime storybook for parents and grandparents to read out loud to their kids and grandkids. Bethany Stahl's style of storytelling is neat and simple and her illustrations will enchant and captivate youngsters. Save The Arctic is a good book to help children be responsible and work towards protecting their planet.