‘The Last Bear,’ by Hannah Gold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold.

If there are any teachers reading this who are looking for a new text with strong environmental themes and links to the Arctic, this is the book for you. A gorgeous story with stunning illustrations from the masterful Levi Pinfold – publishing in February 2021.

‘There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…’

This is a powerfully moving story. The story of an often remote, grieving father and a brave, determined girl with a passion for nature. Neither could have predicted what they would discover on their adventure to a snowy, isolated wilderness.

I was immediately struck by the magic and wonder April felt as she explored her temporary new home, and by the deep bond between her and Bear. But as much as it is a tale of adventure and family, it is also a call to arms. A rallying cry for each of us to play our part and do what we can to help slow down global climate change before it’s too late.

I got throughly caught up in Gold’s beautiful story-telling and am not ashamed to admit that a few tears were shed towards the end… Powerful, magical and important. 9+

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Harper Collins Children’s Books for sending me this title to review*

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