A beautifully illustrated and atmospheric story exploring how polar bears are coping with climate change; a stunning new addition to the Protecting the Planet series.

It snowed last night. The first fall of the season. More is on its way. For this polar bear, this is a sign it's time to make a den, a safe place to sleep through the harsh Arctic winter and to give birth to her cubs. But the Arctic is changing; familiar landscapes are melting. What kind of world will her cubs grow up in? This beautifully illustrated picture book gently explores the effects of climate change on polar bears, along with information on how we can all make a difference and protect the planet for these majestic animals.


Martin Jenkins is a conservation biologist and author of many groundbreaking non-fiction books. He worked for ten years for World Conservation Monitoring Centre, writing about a range of conservation issues, and since 1990 he has worked freelance for organisations such as WWF and a number of UN bodies concerned with conservation and the environment. Martin's jobs have varied greatly: "I've been an orchid-sleuth in Germany, a timber detective in Kenya and an investigator of the chameleon trade in Madagascar." Martin's children's books include Emperor's Egg, winner of the Times Junior Information Book of the Year Award. Martin lives in Cambridge.

Lou Baker-Smith is an illustrator and designer whose work has appeared in magazines, greeting cards, on packaging and more. She has illustrated children's non-fiction for publishers including Quarto and Wellbeck. This is her first book for Walker. She lives in Bath.


An important book to add to KS1/2 classroom collections and family bookshelves.

Red Reading Hub

The start of the book starts the polar bear’s journey so it made me want to read and find out more. I really like the pictures. I love how they have been drawn… The book also taught me about climate change and the foods that polar bears love to eat.

Books Up North

Other books you'll love