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The Island and the Bear

Louise Greig
Vanya Nastanlieva


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9781782503682 Publication date: 16 March 2017
Genre: Animals Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6

Anything can happen anywhere. Anywhere was an island. Anything was a bear.

One morning on a quiet island in the Scottish Hebrides, a bear appeared from nowhere. A bear who needed to find his way home.


'A truly delightful book, one to share with anyone who will appreciate the sparse but beautiful use of language, combined with dramatic but heartfelt illustrations.'
-- Books for Keeps

'Inspired by a true story, this charming book tells the tale of an unlikely visitor to a quiet Hebridean island -- a large and rather fierce looking bear, "just suddenly there, filling the air with bear". [...] With Louise Greig's gently rhyming text and Vanya Nastanlieva's wonderfully evocative hand-drawn illustrations, this is one of those children's books that is a joy to read to little bears. Far removed from the soulless, pixelated perfect TV spin-offs that clog up so much of kids' bookshelves these days, it'll have you searching out the other original Scottish picture books available in the same series.'
-- The Press & Journal

'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.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

'A poetic tribute to the beautiful nature of a bear who once was really lost on an island in the Scottish Hebrides [...], 'The Island and the Bear' is a true animal fable that has a message of overcoming fear with love at its core. It is a great gift from an area celebrated for its isolated, wild, sea -framed beauty, poetry, and music.'
-- Midwest Book Review

Island and the Bear


Louise Greig is a poet and author born in Scotland. She has won several writing prizes, including the Manchester Writing for Children Competition and the Wigtown Poetry Prize. She is inspired by the Scottish landscape, and the company of animals. She lives in Aberdeen with…

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Vanya Nastanlieva was born and raised in Bulgaria. She studied book design at The National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, and received her MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Her picture book Mo and Beau was Highly Commended in…

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