This is a lyrical retelling of a traditional folktale of the Inuit people of Greenland. The old woman at the centre of the story finds a tiny polar bear cub all alone on the ice and takes him home to look after him. The story follows their relationship as he grows and what happens at a moment of crisis, and the decision the old woman is then faced with. Little Bear is a tender story about the importance of love and connection, with a profound message about recognising when it’s time to let go. It celebrates the relationship between a human being and a wild animal and will touch the hearts of readers young and old.
The author and illustrator carried out extensive research to give this picture book its cultural authenticity. Little Bear has a foreword by Inuit poet, translator, and politician Kelly Berthelsen.