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Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it. When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to the hunter and his family as the human baby they long for, he sets up a future conflict between man and the bears. The child loves his life with his family but, when Raven leads him back to his bear brother, he falls in love with him too. How the bears and the humans learn to live together through their mutual love of the child tells a story which gently conveys some important messages about tolerance and understanding.
Long, long ago, in the icy lands of the far north, Raven the mischief-maker takes a bear-child from his mother. A hunter and his wife find the child and, wrapping him in sealskin, they sing him songs of the ice, the wind and the great white bears. But the child wanders off, with consequences for both animals and people.
Set in the pristine polar regions of the Arctic, Jackie Morris reminds us in this lyrical story of trickery, loss and restoration, that we are caretakers of wild creatures, and our actions directly affect their future.
This wonderful book by suprememly talented artist Morris is packed with sumptuous illustrations that children will pore over. It is a beautifully written story of a child lost and found, and will be a must for every teacher, as it demonstrates the importance of humans living in harmony with creatures of the wild. Back to School Bookseller
The most breathtaking book of the season must be Jackie Morris's wonderful The Ice Bear. Expressive illustrations draw the reader into a wintery landscape where a magical and unforgettable story is told. Bookseller
Jackie Morris's The Ice Bear taps into our ancestral myths to give children of 4+ one of the most wonderful picture books of the year -- Amanda Craig Times
Written, illustrated and published with loving care. Set in the polar regions of the Arctic the story is magical; easily understood text and stunning illustrations send a message that we must take care that our actions do not endanger the lives of wild creatures. Carousel Book of the Month
Jackie Morris's beautiful story reminds us that we are caretakers of these wild creatures and our actions directly affect their future. Green Parent
The illustrations are lovely. Books for Keeps
A touching and thoughtful read. Junior
A beautiful, painterly book. The unframed pages place the reader at the scene at each turn of the page. Small children will be engrossed by the close up nature of the pictorial representations. For older readers, the visual power of the illustrations is amplified by the poetic sensibility of the narrative text. Jackie Morris reminds us that we are caretakers of the natural world, expecially that far-off reagion where bears and hunters inhabit the earth and sky. Such mindfulness for the outer world will also enrich our inner world. Ibby Link
This touching and throught-provoking narrative is accompanied by stunning watercolour illustrations, and serves to remind us that all of our actions have consequences. Child Education
Although a picture book, the amazing illustrations and timeless story will appeal to all ages and this book is a worthy contender for the Kate Greenaway Award... This is a book for every library, whether personal, school or public. School Librarian
Visually stunning, the tale succeeds best as a fanciful, wistful cuddle-up bedtime story. Kirkus Reviews
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
|Publication date:||3rd April 2014|
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1|
Jackie Morris lives in Wales, where she writes and paints. She has two children, a small pack of dogs and a small pride of cats. She exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide. Her internationally bestselling picture books for Frances Lincoln are Ted Hughes’ How the Whale Became; Mariana and the Merchild; The Snow Leopard; Can You See a Little Bear?; The Snow Whale; Lord of the Forest; as well as those she has both written and illustrated, The Seal Children; The Time of the Lion; Little One We Knew You’d Come; Tell Me a Dragon; The ...More About Jackie Morris