The Last Bear is truly something special. It is a story about living from your heart and recognising your place in the world. It is a story of learning to communicate and sharing your soul with others. It is a story of strength, compassion and responsibility. Most of all, it is a story of love.
Following the loss of her mum, it’s just eleven-year-old April and her dad, an environmental scientist who specialises in climate change. Focussed on his work and heart-broken over the death of the love of his life, he is often distant and out of touch with what April needs. One day, they are given the opportunity to live inside the Arctic Circle on an isolated island. Even though she has been told there are no polar bears left on Bear Island because the surrounding ice caps have melted, April is sure she sees one and the adventure of a lifetime begins.
The Last Bear is overflowing with raw emotion and the desire to be heard. April longs to find a voice for herself but also for her precious earth which is being destroyed. Bear becomes a beautiful symbol of the condition of the natural world. His roars of anger, sad contemplation, longing, and a joyful heart, full of love speak for a planet in need. The messages of conservation, connections, relationships and change are so clear and sure to inspire every reader.
I can’t wait to share this beautiful book with my own children and the children I teach. It is one of the best, most important books I have read this year and a powerful story that will stay with me for a very long time.
Thank you to Hannah Gold and Harper Collins Children’s for this incredible book!
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