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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Little Polar Bear and the Big Balloon
by Hans de Beer
Age Range: 6-8
Lars, the little Polar Bear, likes to watch the seagulls circling overhead and dream of flying in the sky like a bird.
One day he meets a lost Penguin called Yuri who cannot fly home because his wings are coated with oil. Lars takes Yuri to the healing waters of the hot spring where he is able to get rid of the sticky oil from his wings. While they are there they discover an abandoned hot-air balloon. At last it looks like Lars will be able to fly after all but he isn’t quite prepared for how scary it is.
This is another lovely adventure featuring Lars the little Polar Bear by Dutch author and illustrator Hans de Beer. Published in 27 countries and on a US TV programme Lars is a well-known character around the world.
This story has the usual engaging pen-and-ink and watercolour illustrations showing Lars and Yuri against large, icy landscapes and the purple and orange balloon. It also touches on an important message of what happens to wildlife, particularly birds, when there are environmental disasters at sea.