child and polar bear, from The Ice bear by Jackie Morris

sketch of a sleeping peeping cat

a white duck in a tailcoat

Tell Me a Dragon, front cover of book by Jackie Morris, a girl feeding fairy cakes to a large blue-green dragon

Starlight Sailor, front cover, illustration by Jackie Morris, showing a child and a dog sailing in a paper boat across a sea of blue through which a blue whale swims

 

woman sleeping peacefully with a polar bear, from East of the Sun and West of the Moon

the jester from Singing to the Sun by Vivien French and Jackie Morris

snow leopard, front cover of The Snow Leopard by Jackie Morris, snow leopard head looking out of the picture, with great blue eyes

The Barefoot book of Classic Poems, front cover

How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes, front cover

Can You See a Little Bear by James Mayhew, front cover of book.

The Seal Children, front cover, showing child, Morlo, swimming with his mother, the selkie, by Jackie Morris

Lord of the Forest, front cover of book, by Caroline Pitcher and Jackie Morris, showing the face of a tiger

Little One We Knew You'd Come, illustrated by Jackie Morris, Mary and baby Jesus

Mariana and the Merchild by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Jackie Morris

The Snow Whale by Caroline Pitcher and illustrated by Jackie Morris

The Greatest Gift, illustrated by Jackie Morris

The Time of the Lion by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Jackie Morris, book cover showing a boy and a lion

Out of the Ark by Anita Ganeri, stories from world religions, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Stories from World Religions by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Animals of the Bible by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Miracles by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Parables by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Cities in the Sea by Sian Lewis, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Cantre'r Gwaelod by Sian Lewis, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Grandmother's Song, illustrated by Jackie Morris, written by Barbara Soros

Bears Beras and More Bears by Jackie Morris

Journeys Through Dreamtime by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Stories From the Stars, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Jo's Storm by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Jackie Morris

 

 

 

front cover image for The Icebear, showing the face of a polar bear. Watercolour. Jackie Morris

polar bear and twin cubs safe in the ice cave home

 

 

The Ice Bear by Jackie Morris

published by Frances Lincoln September 2nd 2010, distributed in USA by PGW

Also published in France, Denmark, Spain In Spanish and in Catalan.

 

The Ice Bear Jackie Morris 9781845079680-  ‘This wonderful book by supremely talented artist Jackie Morris is packed with sumptuous illustrations that children will pour over. It is a beautifully written story of a child lost and found, and will be a must of every teacher, as it demonstrates the importance of humans living in harmony with creatures of the wild.’

The Back to school ed of The Bookseller.

 

In the beginning of time people and animals lived together on the earth and there was no difference between them. The air was pure and clear as crystal. Words held a magic. A word spoken in a chance, a wish or a whisper would hold a magic that would shape the world.

Into this world they were born, in the dark months, when the cold and the wind turned the water to stone. So small. She held them close to keep them warm in the blue ice cave that was their world.

But Raven tricked her. She stole away her child, carried him high into the darkness of winter, over the frozen sea.

The bear wept when she found that her child had gone. Her ice tears formed scars on her cheeks. She held her one child safer and closer and waited for the sun to rise. But she never forgot.

 

To hear the Icebear read by Jackie Morris, to see the paintings, go to Youtube. (Many thanks to Jane Messore of Blue Moon Studios for creating this for me)

 

Raven stole away her one child and carried him high in the sky, pulling the dark of winter behind on her black wings. The image shows a raven in flight carrying a polar bear cub.

 

Raven calls across the ice and the hunter sees a scrap of white fur in the snow

 

polar bear and child embrace after the longest parting


The Ice Bear is a 40 page picture book. Where I live there are many ravens. In spring they tumble in a twisting turning dance of delight, flying for the sheer joy of feeling the wind beneath wings. Sometimes the air is so still here that you can hear the rush of it as they beat their great black feathers against it. As they fly they call and their language is complex and varied. Something of this story was told to me while sitting quiet on the hill and watching ravens fly. Something of this story grew out of a tragedy of loss suffered by a friend's family. Something of this story is planted firmly in the belief that all things in the world are equal.

 

At first it was a trail of sea glass that leads the child away from home. Smoothed by the sea, these fragile shards of glass fascinated my children when they were small. Mermaid's tears we called them. But I wanted to set the story far back in time, so changed the glass to amber, inspired by a necklace of huge amber beads I have. They shine like fire.

 

amber beads

 

Now I have another necklace, made for me by a wonderful artist called Hannah Willow. I sent her the text for Icebear and talked a little of the talismanic animals in the images. She made me something beautiful to wear when I go out to schools and festivals, something with bear and fox and raven and owl and amber. A story necklace. Not only beautiful to look at but wonderful to wear.

 

necklace by Hannah Willow, bear, fox, raven, sun, moon, stars, owl.

Signed advance copies are available through the usual outlets in St Davids and online from Solva Woollen Mill, Middlemill.

 

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