Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary review copy of Spirit Bear; however, all opinions are my own.
When introducing young children to any serious subject, such as endangered animals, it is hard to overemphasize the influence that endearing storybook or animated characters can have. After all, many of us first began to think about the importance of protecting the natural world because of a love of a particular fictional character.
What will Bambi and Thumper do when their forest home is destroyed? Who will speak for the trees if not the Lorax?
The new children’s book Spirit Bear by Jennifer Harrington fits squarely into this tradition. It is the story of Annuk, a white bear cub (a “spirit bear”), who one fateful day is swept away in the river and must make his way back home through the rainforest to his mother. In his journey, he must face the dangers of the forest, with help from an unexpected new friend – Kaya, a sea wolf pup.
It is a story of perseverance and bravery, of friendship and trust. Moreover, the beautiful wildlife illustrations introduce children to 22 animals from the Great Bear Rainforest in Western Canada, many of whom are endangered. Of course, Monkey’s favorite picture was the last one, when Annuk is back home with his mama and siblings!
This gorgeous picture book is recommended for children ages 5-8 years old. And this week you can win a copy of Spirit Bear in our giveaway – along with a FREE Teachers’ Package, an additional $9.95 value! The Teachers’ Package is filled with learning resources, including an animated version of the book and a short educational film that shows children real spirit bears and other animals from the Canadian wilderness.
You can find out more about Spirit Bear on Eco Books 4 Kids, a new “green” Canadian publishing company dedicated to creating fun picture books to engage and educate children about the nature world. Spirit Bear, the company’s first publication, is printed in Canada with vegetable inks on 100% recycled paper with an FSC cover for a reduced eco-footprint. Eco Books 4 Kids is the latest endeavor of children’s author Jennifer Harrington. Born and raised in British Columbia, she is passionate about educating children about the natural world and inspiring in them a desire to protect it. Illustrator Michael Arnott, of mixed European and Ojibway descent, shares this deep love for Canada’s natural environment, having grown up in the rugged wilderness of Northern Ontario.
Enter our giveaway below to share Spirit Bear with a child in your life!