Written by CHITRA SOUNDAR | Illustrated by POONAM MISTRY
At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. “Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask. “‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.” “What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask. “The ocean, full of ice from long ago.” And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, “You’re snug with me.”
Kate Greenaway Medal 2020 longlist
A Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year
A Guardian Children’s Book of the Month
Times Educational Supplement Top Children’s Books of the Year
'Parental love, sound ecological advice, and breathtaking illustrations all in one' — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
'A STUNNING celebration of polar lands, their bears & motherly love! There are really no words. My breath is taken' — Book Monsters
I was so captivated by this book's caring narrative about discovering the world in which we live and its intricate illustrations. The voice of mother polar bear is tender in guiding her young cub into the world, full of delightful discoveries. I especially love its gentle message about the need to take care of the world we inhabit together. The illustrations are unique and amazing. We added this book to our collection!
I was so captivated by this book's intricate illustrations and its caring narrative about discovery of the world in which in we live in.
A gorgeous book that glows in the way of old-fashioned illuminated manuscripts and will be seen as something really very special indeed by a small child. The tale of a polar bear mother's love and support is also very gently moving - especially as she hints that she is getting them ready for independence at the end. This book is a treasure and would fit well in any home or EYFS bookshelf. It would be good for exploring family relationships but could also lend itself to topics on animal behaviours or polar regions. Touching, sweet and highly recommended.