Title: Polar Bear Postman
Author: Seigo Kijima
Publish Date: November 1, 2017
# of Pages: 32
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)
(From Goodreads) Milk is the polar bear postmaster of the forest. One day he receives a card that says “Please help!” It is from a red-crested crane couple whose chick has gone missing. Spring gives way to summer and Milk receives another post card—this time from a red-crested crane couple who live in another district telling him that they have been taking care of a lost crane chick and asking for help in finding its family. Milk is modeled on an actual polar bear living in the Kushiro Zoo in Hokkaido, who is so adept at walking erect on his two hind legs that visitors say he looks like a person in a bear suit. The bear is joined in this amusing story by a variety of animal species native to Hokkaido.
When a red-crested crane couple’s chick goes missing, they ask Milk, the polar bear postmaster, to help find the missing chick. Polar Bear Postman is a very sweet children’s story that highlights the postal service, community, and family.
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this children’s book and read it with my 7-year-old daughter. I adored the illustrations–they’re beautiful–and liked the overarching message of community. My daughter enjoyed reading about Milk, and since she’s always been enamored by sending and receiving mail via post, she was impressed by how much could be accomplished through the mailman.
This was a simple story, but it has a positive message. I would recommend this book to anyone with children, especially if their child happens to be fascinated with the postal service.
Thank you, NetGalley, for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
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