Monday 24 November 2014

The Polar Pack Book Review

Books are brilliant because not only can you read them again and again, getting lost in the story but you can also build on them, expand and extend the tales by creating activities to explore more about what they've read. Madeleine Rogers, founder of the Hove based children's designer Mibo has written a series of books which saves you some time and effort on the creative side. Included in the set is The Polar Pack, The Jungle Crew and The Safari Set.

I was kindly sent The Polar Pack for my girls to read and enjoy.

the polar pack book

Each hardover book comes complete with 5 paper animals and scenery. The paper animals are printed on sheets of paper which are neatly placed in a pocket at the back of the book whilst the scenery is cleverly disguised within the books reversible cover.

3d paper animals

The story inside the book is wonderful. Printed in bold, clear writing, it includes rhyming words which helps the sentences to flow nicely and as your children have fun reading, they are also being educated about the animals which live in the North and South pole.

Filled with gorgeously vibrant illustrations, which have real retro vibe about them. The pictures are really eye catching, drawing you in to each page. Every turn of the page introduces new facts which are just waiting to be discovered.

"Reindeer are good at smelling food deep beneath the ice".

These books are aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 7 and they certainly appealed to my kids. My eldest took great joy in reading to her sister's and it was perfect timing because she is learning about the frozen planet at school right now, so she even to the book in to show her teacher.

Once you finish reading the book, the story continues as you fold, glue and create you very own 3D animals, expanding the imagination further. As we were making them I was asking the girls if they could remember what they had read about each animal and this in turn had them asking about what other animals could be found in these places.

The 3D animals had the girls escaping to another world, talking about what they would be up to if they were one of the animals living in freezing conditions, just how do they stay warm? What food will they eat? Playing against the included backdrop, really setting the scene.

We've actually been researching and have decided to try and make some more animals to go along side the ones already in the book.

Costing £12.99 each, these books are a great way of learning through play. Interactive and engaging, this stunning set combines education with playtime. A lovely learning tool that is brilliant for a bit of family activity time.


Disclaimer : I was sent this book FOC for reviewing purposes however all thoughts andopinions are my own. 


  1. I love your animal scene :)

    These books look great, will definitely look out for them.

  2. This sounds awesome, I love the scene too - such a great way to extend the learning from the book in play. Thanks for sharing x

  3. Ooh I love this idea, I have often tried to think of ways to extend his learning, but I am not a naturally crafty person, so this is perfect. Thank you for the great review.

  4. This sounds great and I love the paper animals #readwithme


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