Polar Bears and Penguins by Katharine Hall is one of the newest spring titles from Arbordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell). This book teaches comparison and contrast by looking at facts about polar bears and penguins. The photo journal style picture book covers language arts, science, math, and geography skills in a fun and visually appealing format.
As a writing resource, Polar Bears and Penguins takes kids through the basic structure of a compare/contrast essay with the story. This is a great way to introduce the concept of compare/contrast visually and can be used as part of a pre-writing activity. It is especially nice for combining subjects like language arts and science and showing kids that they use writing across the curriculum.
The concepts are presented in simple sentences printed in a large font. Other than a few unfamiliar words, Polar Bears and Penguins is nicely suited to early readers, but the vibrant photographs held my son’s attention as I read it aloud to him as well.
As with other Arbordale titles, Polar Bears and Penguins is cross-curricular, adheres to core and state standards, and includes a slew of extras that make it classroom-friendly.
Extra resources include the “For Creative Minds” section in the book and a free downloadable teacher’s guide on the Arbordale Publishing website.