“Now that people live in towns and bears live in the woods, have you ever wondered what happened to the bear folk?” At bedtime Ursula asks Daddy to tell her the tale of the bear folk—special beings who can choose to be either a bear or a person, depending on whether they want to catch a fish or read a book.
Bear folk live extraordinary lives; they are strong and clever, kind and loving, adventurous and creative. They love to travel far and wide and eat apple pie. They live among us, even if we don't realise it. Perhaps one day we'll meet one. Perhaps we already have...
Bear Child is an inspirational story of parental love, belief, and embracing individuality. This beautiful picture book weaves Geoff Mead's charming words together with Sanne Dufft’s ethereal illustrations to create a truly timeless folktale.
(Ages 4–7 years)
“Every page turn brings text with a deft balance of exciting, often funny ideas and lulling rhythms... A sweet bedtime book.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Bear Child is an inspirational picture book story of parental love, belief and embracing individuality. Beautifully illustrated with the artwork of Sanne Dufft, children's author Geoff Mead deftly weaves what will prove to be a truly timeless folktale for children ages 3 to 7—making it especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.” —Midwest Book Review
“Soft pencil and warm watercolor illustrations show the loving relationship between Ursula and her Daddy-bear (I love Daddy's shaggy-bear beard!) and the wonderful worlds of the bear folk, in our own homes and gardens, in nature and all the way to the stars. A story to encourage children and parents alike to embrace their inner wild bears, and a warm expression of how stories can vitalize life, and help us to face death.” —Armadillo
“Bear Child is a timeless folktale of parental love, belief and embracing individuality. Geoff Mead combines charming words with powerful storytelling to create a magical tale that feels remarkably close to reality. Sanne Dufft's ethereal illustrations bring the bear folk to life.” —Kindling—∞
Sanne Dufft is a children's book illustrator and former art therapist. She lives in Germany with her family.
- Geoff Mead
is a storyteller and author. He tells traditional stories, runs story-based workshops and teaches storytelling at venues in the UK and all over the world.