I'd never before read a story about a polar bear cub, and Delta is quite endearing. Small for her age, she drinks from a bottle, devours canned salmon, and plays eagerly with Joseph and other caretakers. Joseph helps the scientists take care of Delta, which is an around-the-clock job at the research station. As the story unfolds, Joseph and his new Eskimo friend, Ada Amatuk, share exciting adventures which make this the experience of a lifetime. Joseph falls in love with Alaska, and I did, too. A Place for Delta is a heart-warming adventure book with charming illustrations, and an important message about the effects of global warming on the natural habitat and future of polar bears. I enjoyed everything about this book, the setting, the adventures, and the characters--especially Delta.
Special thanks to Lisa from Online Publicist for sending me this book, the winner of the 2010 International Book Award for best children's fiction, and to Mary, for allowing me to include a few of her spectacular photos of Alaska.