Polar Bear's Underwear

Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Funny, vividly illustrated book celebrates undie style.

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Educational Value

Reinforces the necessity of wearing underwear. 

Positive Messages

Everyone wears underwear; underwear can be colorful and fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mouse is a good friend who patiently agrees to help Polar Bear find his underwear.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Polar Bear's Underwear is a spirited picture book about a bear who's lost his underwear. As he encounters a variety of animals, each with its unique bottoms, he learns that everyone wears underwear and has his or her own style. Perfect for potty-training toddlers or preschoolers who enjoy silliness and repetition. Giggles guaranteed.

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What's the story?

Polar Bear has a problem: He's lost his underwear. With the help of his very patient mouse friend, he encounters animal after animal, each with his or her own unique style of bottoms. But will Polar Bear find his own?

Is it any good?

POLAR BEAR'S UNDERWEAR is a fun, silly book that hinges on a simple, relatable story and vivid graphics. The book comes packaged with removable cardboard underwear, and off the reader goes on a hunt for Polar Bear's pair.

Each page uses collage and die cuts to set up a new animal's underwear and asks readers to guess whom the colorful underwear belongs to. There's a reveal on the other side of the page that reinforces the idea that everybody wears underwear and that individuals have not only a favorite kind but also a unique pair that expresses their individuality. The result is a spirited, whimsical way of driving home the everyday habits and responsibilities that are part of growing up and becoming autonomous. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about potty training. How old were you when you stopped wearing diapers?

  • What kind of underwear do you wear?

  • What's your favorite pair of underwear in the book, and why?

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