Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

This is a fictional story that takes as its starting point the real polar bear that was given to King Henry III of England by King Haakon IV of Norway in 1252.  Who might the bear’s Norwegian keeper have been? Why did he stay in England to care for the now royal bear?

By turns sweet and  terrifying, this story of pirates, long sea voyages, and the hope for freedom and family,  is about a bond between an ice bear and the boy who is rescued by her.







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