What is Polo talking about with Santa? And why does Santa look so glum? Could it be because the Arctic ice is melting?!
Polo the Bear, hero of the widely acclaimed comic ‘The Adventures of Polo the Bear: a Story of Climate Change’, stars again in this funny, vividly illustrated children’s book to gently uncover some hard truths behind today’s Climate Emergency in a way that children from age 6 can understand and positively engage with.
The book includes a glossary of main climate change terms designed to help young (and not so young) readers understand the essential drivers of today's climate crisis and what they and their families can do to become leaders towards a greener, healthier future.
A perfect Christmas present at a time when caring about our planet has never been more important!
Based in biodiversity-rich Ecuador, Alan wears several hats: he is an author-illustrator, an educator and a conservation biologist. Alan’s work is inspired by the majesty and fragility of nature and the need to do everything we can to protect it.
Alan combines his artistic creativity with his technical experience and knowledge to create scientifically accurate, educational children’s books full of quirky, comic humour and fun action, and usually bearing a message about how everyone can help preserve Nature.
Alan draws the artwork in his comic or picture books by hand and then edits it all digitally.
He is the author of five educational comic books for middle grade children, among which his main ongoing focus is the Captain Polo series about climate change.
Alan is also the author of 3 climate change-themed picture books for children within the 6-8 age range.
Check it all out on Alan’s website, AJH Education Comics and Cartoons: https://alanhesse.com
The first of a couple of failed attempts to get Santa's sleigh off the ground on account of slushy ice. The Arctic sea ice is melting at an unprecedented rate, and it came to me that I could illustrate this as a particular problem for Santa and his mission to take off with a present-loaded sleigh. If sleighs really could fly and were powered by reindeer muscle, they probably wouldn't get airborne in melting, slushy snow and ice on account of too much drag. This page introduces the 'climate change' problem in a graphic way that kids will be able to respond to. If they feel distressed, that makes the story worth reading on!