The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Hardback) – Our Review
This is a truly beautiful read for tender-hearted children. There are definitely no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least that is what April is told by her father, the only other human resident of a northern Artic Island where he is undertaking research into climate change. Due to the decreasing size of ice caps, polar bears no longer inhabit the area.
April is little lonely but determined to make the best of her 6 months in such a remarkable place (Bear Island is a real island). Finding a hurt polar bear stranded on the island is just the start of a glorious relationship between the two.
‘April knew if she looked up, her life would never be the same again. That this moment itself was going to alter her in some way. Maybe even forever… ‘You’re the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen,’ she whispered.’
A stunning book about the relationship between father and daughters, as well as loss and change, concern for wildlife with a great gallop of activism thrown in.
The Last Bear is an absolute delight and would be a great read-aloud for younger children or suitable for ages 9/10 plus. Available as a gorgeous hardcover edition.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books