Project Description

Polar Star

by Sally Grindley
illustrated by John Butler

Journey through the Arctic with Polar Star and her cubs.

While her new cubs Snowball and Snowflake are too young to venture far from their den, Polar Star shows them the delights of their ice and snow wonderland home. But when the cubs are old enough to leave the safety of the den, they must learn how to survive in their beautiful yet hostile world and follow Polar Star across the treacherous sea ice in search of food.

Author Sally Grindley’s exciting story presents a factually accurate portrayal of the joyful but often dangerous life of the largest meat-eating mammals on earth. John Butler’s wondrous landscape paintings recreate in full color the grandeur of the Arctic world. A Polar Bear Facts page at the back of the book invites readers to learn more about these magnificent animals.

This book is out of print

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-181-4
Publication Date: 9/1/1998
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

AR Level: 4.8
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD720L
Themes: Animal Families, Hibernation, Polar Bears


“Grindley interweaves facts smoothly into this beautiful picture book; her choice of descriptive and action-oriented vocabulary will capture young audiences. A visually beautiful and factually accurate look at a majestic animal.” ―School Library Journal

“The series of animal books by Sally Grindley and John Butler is one of the finest I’ve ever seen! The stories are not only wonderfully written, but are also technically accurate in their descriptions of daily life in the animal world. The illustrations couldn’t be better” ―Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, Host of “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” TV series

“Sally Grindley and John Butler’s beautiful and moving stories will help inspire a new generation of careful stewards of our precious and fragile world.” ―Kathryn S. Fuller, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

“The story is really great and a wonderful book for a unit about the arctic, or polar bears. Great for story time also.” ―Letters, Numbers and Books, oh my!

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Meet the Author

Sally Grindley is the author of numerous books for children. She lives in England. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

John Butler has written more than a dozen books for children and illustrated over sixty. His books have been published in more than twenty countries and won awards such as the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, IRA Teachers’ Choice Awards, and Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. He has had a long career in illustration, working for a very wide range of clients including Time magazine, “Sesame Street,” and the Sunday Times. He lives in England. You can visit his website here.