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Poles Apart!

Poles Apart!

Author Jeanne Willis
Illustrator Jarvis




4.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
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Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole – but what would happen if, one day, a family of picnicking penguins accidentally got lost? When the hapless Pilchard-Brown family finds themselves at completely the wrong pole, they need Mr White, the friendly polar bear, to guide them all the way home. . .

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What the Critics Said

“A funny and charming tale about a family of lost penguins who need the guidance of a friendly polar bear to find their way home.” – Included in ‘Best Children’s Picture Books of Autumn 2015’

– The Huffington Post


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Chinese (simplified), Chinese (complex), French, Japanese, Korean, Italian, US English

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  1. 4 out of 5


    The combination of Jeanne’s story and Jarvis’ illustrations make Poles Apart a winner to me. The story follows the Pilchard-Browns, a family of penguins who set out on a picnic and get incredibly lost and find themselves at the North Pole. Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and when Mr White, the friendly polar bear finds them he decides to help them get home again. We follow Mr White and the Pilchard-Browns as they pass through America, England, Italy, India and Australia before they finally make it home. Then Mr White has to make the 12,430 mile journey all the way back home to the North Pole. I loved following this funny penguin family and their helpful polar bear friend on their journey. Jeanne Willis certainly makes the journey entertaining by adding little details, like saying hello in different languages as they pass through the countries. The penguin children, Peeky, Poots and Pog keep you entertained with their silly antics too. Jarvis’ illustrations take you on a colourful journey around the world and children will be able to spot the landmarks from the different countries. Poles Apart is sure to be a book that will be read again and again.

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