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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Polo the Bear: A Comic Book of Climate Change, Part 1 by Alan J. Hesse takes readers to somewhere off the coast of Greenland where a lone polar bear is hunting. He tries to follow his mother's instructions while hunting. The bear's piece of ice breaks away and starts to melt and melt and melt. Meanwhile, a group of fishermen is somewhere off the coast of Cornwall. Every time they go out in the boat, there are less fish and they think it is because the sea is getting warmer and there is less plankton for the cod. Next morning when they go out to sea again, they run into a heavy storm and so does the bear. The fishermen meet the bear who is happy to see a boat. Let us join Polo the Bear on his journey, going on an adventure with him to remote places and meeting the local people of these places who are dealing with climate change in their own way.
The author tackles a relevant subject in an interesting way and gives young readers good information about how climate change is affecting everyone all around the world. The comic book speaks about the problems that arise after deforestation, erosion, habitat loss, and more. It is a good story to spread awareness of climate change and I am sure, like me, that young readers will be waiting for the next book in the series. The illustrations give life to the concept and the characters, making them clear to young readers. This is definitely a good story for children because, along with the adventure and fun, it brings awareness to young readers about climate change.