Olien, Jessica Adrift: A Odd Couple of Polar Bears PICTURE BOOK Balzier and Bray, 2017. $17.99 Content: G.
Karl and Hazel are two polar bears who don’t have a lot in common. Hazel is quiet and likes to read and Karl likes to socialize and talk. One night when they are on a piece of an iceberg it breaks away from their home and they are stranded together. They learn to like each other and depend on each other, so when they return to land they choose to stay friends.
This book is adorable with cute illustrations. The idea that sometimes friendship isn’t obvious, but has to be worked on is a great moral. I loved this book, but thought it weird that the polar bears didn’t just swim back to land, but it’s a kid’s book and has a great message.
EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.