The Ice Bear Hardcover – Mar 1 2011
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'intricate and beautiful' TES Selected in Top Ten Bear Picture Books: 'Jackie Morris is one of my favourite children's illustrators and storytellers, and The Ice Bear is one of her most beautiful stories. It has the timeless feel of all the best myths about it - the poetic, mystical story of the stolen polar bear cub who has to choose between his two families is wonderful in itself, but when combined with Jackie's detailed and exquisite paintings, it's a book to treasure forever.' The Guardian kids online
About the Author
Jackie Morris lives in Wales with her two children, two dogs and five cats and makes a living by drawing, colouring in and dreaming. She enjoys walking, swimming in the sea and reading, especially children's books. She regularly exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide.
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A newborn bear cub is stolen from its mother by a wily raven, and left for a hunter to find. Transformed into a human infant, the boy is adopted by the man and his wife, and raised as their own.
“He seldom spoke. He often smiled. And always the rave watched over him.”
When he’s seven years old, the raven uses a trail of amber stones to lead him back to his bear family, his human father in close pursuit. When he’s reconciled with both the bear and human halves of himself, he faces a choice: to live as a bear or a man?
As always, Jackie Morris’s illustrations are stunning, capturing both landscape and detail in vibrant watercolour. Everything from the fur parkas of the hunters to the anatomy of the great bears seem to have been carefully researched, and her own touches: the brilliance of the aurora, the gleam of the amber stones in the snow – are mysterious and beautiful.
Keep in mind that this is a small book - *literally*. It’s been designed for little hands (though it’s almost too beautiful to entrust to a child) and makes for a dreamy, haunting bedtime story.