• Title: SNOWBEAR
• Author: Elisabeth Schalij
• Length: 48 pages
• Genre: Children’s Fiction
• Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble
About the Author
When Elisabeth Schalij, the book’s author, worked at the Museum of the American Indians, it was her job to research and study the many folktales of Inuit tribes. In her study of history and culture of these Indian clans, there was one story that struck a special place in her heart. Schalij now brings that tale to life with her first children’s book “SNOWBEAR: A Story Inspired by Inuit Folktales.”
“SNOWBEAR” shares the story of an Inuit family and their search for hunting grounds. In the book, two Inuit children battle rough landscape and come face-to-face with wild animals, including a grizzly bear, a seal and a magical SNOWBEAR. In the end, they do what is necessary to survive, making an unlikely friend along the way.
My thoughts on SNOWBEAR
The book’s plot is very engaging and it definitely has the potential to grab children’s attention. There’s a lot going on and all the characters are very likeable.
What I really like about the story is that it makes it possible for you to get immersed in the depicted world. It’s possible because of the narrative which was written very well. Also, all the illustrations used in the book make it easy for anyone reading it to get attached to the characters and feel as if they were alongside them.
The book teaches children about the power of love and friendship. The fact that the two children always stick together and support each other in their efforts to reunite with their people shows what a strong bond they share. On the other hand, the help of the various animals they encounter on their journey reinforces the importance of helping others. This makes the book a story for all ages.
SNOWBEAR is without a doubt a book worth reading both because of its design and the moral values it successfully instils in young readers.