Polly's father has gone to Alaska. Every night she looks out of the window and follows the Great Bear to the North Star, so she can say goodnight to him. Then she reads to Sirius, her wolfdog, about the animals and places her father is trying to protect. And when she goes to sleep her dreams take Polly to the Arctic. But on the night her father is due to return, there is a storm and he fails to arrive. When Polly closes her eyes she is in the midst of a blizzard in the Arctic with Sirius. The polar bears and wolves help her find her father, unconscious but still alive. And when Polly wakes up at home, her father is holding her in his arms. Polly Horner is both artist and storyteller. Her illustrations are dreamlike and evocative, with wonderful Arctic scenes. The bond between father and daughter gives a powerful charge to an unusually strong story.
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(260mm x 280mm x 9mm)
Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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US Kirkus Review »
A pining child dreams of her absent father in this deeply felt debut. In those dreams, Polly not only joins her father, who has gone off to Alaska to "help the animals," but makes special friends with a polar bear and a snowy owl. When a snowstorm delays his real arrival back home, she dreams of rescuing him with the help of those friends, and wakes to find herself nestled in his arms. Using a style and palette strongly reminiscent of Patricia Polacco's, Horner alternates views of Polly's cozy room with snowy outdoor scenes featuring a smiling, bearded man and a pink-cheeked child with a long, colorful scarf streaming in the wind, surrounded by bears, wolves, and other wildlife. Any young reader with an affinity for arctic animals will find plenty to coo over here, and the joy shared by parent and child at their reunion will leave a warm glow. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Polly Horner
Polly Horner studied painting at Chelsea College of Art. Since then she has worked in galleries. This is her first book and she has many ideas for more.