This is the second novel in the popular Seekers series. Seekers follows the adventures of four bear cubs, and critics have praised the series for it's realistic portrayal of animal behavior. Have you ever read a novel written from the point of view of a bear before? (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Toklo so worried by the loss of Nanulak's friendship?
Caribou are part of the deer family. (This annotation contains an image)
The white bears are used to eating seals, not caribou. Like Toklo and Lusa, Kallik and Yakone must adapt to survive.
How is Yakone's hesitation to new situations and challenges different from how Toklo usually reacts?
This statement is an example of personification. Watch the video below to learn more.
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Explain how Lusa's need to not be seen as a cub affects her decision making.
Like Lusa, Toklo is concerned with completing the journey without anyone else's help. For Toklo, Ujurak's appearance challenges that idea.
How is Ujurak a positive role model for Lusa?
"Excitement bubbling up inside her like a clear spring" is an example of which figurative language device?
Although the bears are all looking for a new home, their time together has strengthened their relationship and altered their purpose for the journey.
Kallik has spotted some skiers. (This annotation contains an image)
Compare how the bears react to the flat-faces to how the flat-faces react to the bears. How are the situations similar?
What is Toklo referring to in this statement?
Notice the shift in who Toklo is worried about. Previously, Toklo's opposing force was Yakone. Now Kallik is presenting herself as a voice to be heard.
Explain why Toklo and Lusa are so hesitant to hide in the snow.
Snow-hares have thick white fur to keep them warm and camouflaged. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain how Yakone and Kallik's knowledge is related to the success of the journey so far. Use specific examples from the text to support your response.
Kallik's guilt is also a result of how hard the journey has been. She doubts her purpose because she cannot guarantee what happens in the future.
Why does Lusa's refusal affect Yakone in a negative way?
The other bears do not understand the source of Kallik's fear. They have not had the same experience.
Compare Kallik's anxiety about the journey ending to Toklo and Lusa. How is each bear's worries shaping their decisions?
Notice that when Kallik feels supported by her companions or Ujurak she is able to concentrate and be successful.
Keep track of Kallik's perspective. Her worry of not being accepted by other white bears may affect her relationship with Toklo and Lusa.
How is the end of the journey affecting Toklo and Lusa?
Explain the irony of Toklo's statement. What does he not realize about Kallik?
Only the reader knows that Kallik doubts her ability to remember her home. This is an example of dramatic irony. (This annotation contains a video)
Kallik's statement marks a turning point for the bears. Explain how her idea to hunt on the ice will affect the group.
Notice how each bear is having second thoughts about the end of their journey. Can you recognize when they all realize they are thinking the same?
Explain the complications of Lusa's birthplace and her journey to the forest. What does her dream reveal about her feelings?
Kallik is angry with Yakone for acting like a black bear.
What does Lusa think will affect Yakone most about living by the Melting Sea?
Lusa is used to living near flat-faces and is skilled in picking through their trash for food.
Explain how Lusa's urge to help the others has affected her decision making. Use text evidence to support your response.
Ujurak guides and keeps the group safe. Knowing that they have him, the bears are able to take risks and push themselves along the way.
How might the idea of thinking Ujurak will always be able to save the bears negatively affect them?
Notice Toklo's attitude change. Is he acting protective of Lusa because the journey is ending or for another reason?
Explain why Yakone is surprised with Lusa's statement.
This explains the dream Lusa had of the mean faces in the trees.
Based on Kallik's description, she was probably captured by scientists and released back into the wild with a tracking device. This is done to monitor and study the habits of polar bears. See the image of a polar bear with a tracking device below. (This annotation contains an image)
How has the ice melting affected Akna and her cubs?
Explain how staying together may be more beneficial to the bears based on the obstacles each group must face if they separate.
How does working together affect their motivation to separate?
Explain why Toklo would doubt Yakone and Kallik's intentions.
Watching over the cubs gives Lusa power and purpose. This will help her confidence as they continue their journey.
Describe how Lusa's character traits affect how she treats and speaks to the cubs.
The humans might also be moving the bears to land so they do not get stuck out at sea on the melting icebergs. Read the article below to learn more. (This annotation contains a link)
Explain why the white bears choose not to listen to Toklo and Lusa.
Although they have grown to be successful as a group, Toklo realizes that each bear belongs in their true home.
Explain why Yakone's reaction is so different when Toklo reveals their plan to leave.
The ice is thin and melting which makes it hard for the white bears to travel and hunt. Watch the video below to see what Yakone is worried about. (This annotation contains a video)
What changed to make Toklo more trusting of Kallik and Yakone hunting? Why doesn't Toklo think they will abandon them?
Toklo hides his true feelings by making jokes and being mean. His understanding of Kallik's loss allows him to genuinely want to help her.
Explain why Kallik might be acting so strangely.
Bison are large grazing mammals. (This annotation contains an image)
Compare what you know as the reader to Kallik's perspective of the hunt. What does she not realize about Toklo's involvement?
Kallik's reaction is fueled by more than her fear for Lusa. Keep track of how her change in attitude progresses.
Kallik is acting like Toklo did with Nanulak.
Not only is Lusa small, but she was also raised in captivity. Explain how those differences motivate the other bears to treat her differently.
Explain the affect Lusa has on Kallik.
The bears might be ingesting gasoline or antifreeze. The puddles have probably been contaminated by the cars.
Why is Kallik so upset with what she is seeing?
With each obstacle they face, the bears become closer and closer. Do you think they will be able to part ways?
Notice again that most bears have only ever met their own kind. For the new white bear, seeing Toklo and Lusa is terrifying.
What is motivating Kallik's impatience?
Toklo's observation may be foreshadowing. Watch the video below to learn more about foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
What obstacles could the bears face when ignoring their instincts and make decisions based on trust?
Compare how the bears face their fear of the flat-faces to the obstacles they face from their past experiences?
Lusa and Toklo are not skilled swimmers like Yakone and Kallik. The white bears are used to swimming much farther and are stronger than the brown and black bear.
Notice how the use of simile brings the statement to life. Readers can feel Kallik's fear.
The male bears not excited to see Kallik. What did she not take into consideration as she searched for her brother?
How has the melting ice affected how the white bears live and act?
Kallik has changed as well. She is more open about the other bears and has a strong bond with Yakone.
The bears are all competing to survive. This means they do not have room to be nice or their safety is in danger.
Explain how the ice melting and lack of snow has effected Taqqiq. How is he different from what Kallik remembers of him?
Seal holes are holes in the ice that seals use to come up for air. Watch the clip below to see how polar bears hunt using seal holes. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Taqqiq threatened by Yakone?
How does Taqqiq's effort to save Kallik repair their relationship?
The creaking noise is the ice melting and moving.
Explain Taqqiq's reason for not asking the bears to stop bullying the other white bears.
Kallik was hesitant to show how Toklo and Lusa had changed her but now it is necessary for their survival.
Chapter Twenty-Two: Toklo
The white bears don't know Toklo enough to trust him. Toklo's ability to carry himself through their stares shows how much he has grown since the beginning of the journey.
Why is seeing Lusa use his moves surprising for Toklo?
Explain how Toklo's dream connects to what he saw Lusa doing with the young white bear cubs.
Toklo needed the reminder of how he helped Ujurak to realize he is capable of helping the white bears.
The white bears continually dismiss Toklo and Lusa because they are different. Through each interaction the bears are able to see that they need each other and in turn grow from the experience.
Why is Toklo surprised by the support shown by Yakone and Shila?
Chapter Twenty-Three: Kallik
Do you think Taqqiq and Shila will end up mates? Kallik might sense their budding relationship.
Why does Kallik still doubt her brother?
Explain the importance of Lusa's ability to stand up for herself to Kallik. How does this relate to her self confidence?
Through her own struggle to become independent, Lusa is able to teach Kallik to not worry so much.
Chapter Twenty-Four: Lusa
How does Taqqiq's decision to stay loyal to Kallik shape his role in the battle? What does his decision say about his character?
Toklo, Lusa, Yakone, and Kallik's bond is strengthened by their ability to come together and fight for what is right for all the bears.
Chapter Twenty-Five: Kallik
Kallik is finally able to see Lusa as a helpful, equal part of the group.
Which message or theme is represented in this statement?
What does Kallik realize through her experiences in finding her brother and fighting the white bears?
Sakari wants Kallik and Yakone to mature with the protection of other white bears so they can learn to survive on their own. She doesn't realize Kallik is already doing this by being with Toklo and Lusa.