The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-El

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

This is a lovely story about a polar bear named Duane, and his many friends in the very, very far north: C.C., the snowy owl, Major Puff, a military trained puffin, Magic, a lovely white snow fox, Handsome, a very, very vain musk ox, whose primary occupation is staring at his reflection in the water, Twitch, an arctic hare, Boo, a caribou, and Sun Girl, a human girl, whom you might think would be the main character of the story, being the only human, but she isn’t. (Duane is)

As with most children’s books with animal characters, these animals (and one human animal) all get along as friends, and even better, all seem to speak the same language. Don’t let this deter you from reading this wonderful gem of a story, because, from the very beginning, when Duane and Handsome begin their journey, we learn lots of things about these friends, the great white north, and, if we pay attention, to what and who we are, as well. Enough from me. As Duane thinks at the start of this adventure, “Light mood, positive spirit, bouncy steps. These are the ideal things to bring along when exploring.”

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC BAR-EL)

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