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)
About the Author
JACKIE MORRIS lives in Wales with her two children, two dogs and three cats and makes a living by drawing, painting and dreaming. Jackie is well known for her illustrations to Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became (9781845079284). She regularly exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide.
Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are Mariana and the Merchild (9781845077082), The Snow Leopard, Can You See a Little Bear? (9781845073640), Snow Whale (9781845077174), Lord of the Forest (9781845072766), The Seal Children (9781845071097), Time of the Lion (9780711213388), Little One We Knew You’d Come (9781845077310), Tell Me a Dragon (9781845075347) and The Cat and the Fiddle (9781845079871).