The Island and the Bear – Louise Greig & Vanya Nastanlieva

flo  The Island and the Bear – Louise Greig & Vanya Nastanlieva, Picture Kelpies,(9781782503682), 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? When a big brown bear shows up on a small island in the Hebrides, the islanders are understandably upset and frightened. The bear, however, has merely wandered off course, finds himself in an unknown place and is very hungry. Two people show up with whom the bear lives, sad at the loss of their bear. All the islanders help them look while the bear sneaks some apples and sandwiches. At last the bear is reunited with his people and sails off home with them. The story has a rather ethereal feeling about it, like a folk tale though based on a true story from the Scottish Hebrides. The soft, beautiful illustrations create a lovely tale.

Anything you did not like about this book? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This might make a nice bedtime story or one a teacher might read to K-1 about the possibilities of the true story.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but very intriguing and well done.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 5/24/2017

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