The Ice Bear is a beautiful, mystical story from author and illustrator Jackie Morris. I think she is probably my favourite illustrator, her animal paintings are just gorgeous. In this story we meet a young boy who was found in the snow by a hunter and brought up by him and his wife. He is no ordinary child however, for he was born of a large white bear and is a shapeshifter who can change from boy to bear. The raven that stole him from his bear mother leads him back to her when he is seven and his human father tracks him to the bears home. He is torn between his two families and decides to spend winters as a bear and summers with his human parents.
I would happily hang any of the pictures from this book on my wall, they are quite breathtaking but the words are lyrical and engaging too - 'The bear wept when she found that her cub had gone. Her ice tears formed scars on her cheeks' - any mother would empathise with this feeling of loss. All of Jackie Morris' books shine with her obvious love of the animal world and are sure to become treasureed possessions.
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.