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. Volume XI Number 8 . . . . December 10, 2004
This reissue celebrates the tenth anniversary of this picture book's first publication in 1993. The gentle, rhythmical text describes how a little girl named Leah wanders away from her home and her napping father towards an iceberg in the bay. At the same time, a polar bear cub named Baby Nanook saunters away from his sleeping mother towards the same iceberg. When the parents awake, both Leah's father and the mother polar bear search frantically for their offspring. The parents dramatically confront each other and just then Leah and Baby Nanook appear and are rescued.
This is an excellent story for reading aloud to a group because of its lyrical and repetitive patterning of phrases. It was nominated for the Mr. Christie's award, and the luminous and atmospheric illustrations done in colour pencil were also nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. The illustrations glow with a golden light and are delicately and carefully layered with soft edges and brilliantly coloured skies. A decorative frieze containing Arctic motifs runs across the bottom of the pages. This lovely reissue will be welcomed by a new generation who will enjoy its drama and loving resolution.
Lorraine Douglas was the Youth Services Coordinator for the Winnipeg Public Library and is now retired. She is an artist and writer living in Winnipeg, MB.
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