Friday, July 5, 2013

Review - Polar Opposites

Title: Polar Opposites
Author and Illustrator: Erik Brooks
Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2010)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 30
Genre: Children's
Source: Amazon Publishing
Ages: Read aloud - 4+; Self reader 6 - 8

I admit it, back in elementary school, I was that kid who could not keep Arctic and Antarctic straight. Therefore, I was looking for a book that would help to explain, in pictures, an easy way to keep it straight. Some children need a visual to set ideas. Unfortunately, this is not that type of book.

Erik Brooks uses the term polar opposites to show personality and trait opposites.

Alex might be a big polar from the Arctic and Zina a tiny penguin from Antarctic, but what makes them individuals has nothing to do with them being the polar opposites that I was looking for.

What Mr. Brooks is trying to show, is that no matter where you come from, no matter how neat or messy or loud or quiet, there is a way to meet in the middle and become friends.

If you are looking for a “can’t we all just get along” type of book, this is would be it. If you are looking for a visual type of book that explains the differences between the two poles, this will not fit the bill.

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