The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale is a picture book by Lydia Dabcovich. A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life, forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a traditional Inuit story. Lexile Measure: 470. ATOS Reading Level: 3.4. Reading Counts Reading Level: 3.1.