The Island and the Bear
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
Posted on 05/04/17 in Design and Illustration
The Island and the Bear by Louise Greig is one of our latest Picture Kelpies published this Spring. The book is inspired by a true story that has sinc …read more >