This one is a stunner…about a polar bear who washes up onto the banks of a wild forest…where other animals at first fear him, and want him to leave…but then they grow curious and realize that he’s not where he is meant to be.
I won’t give away the ending but my crew loved seeing the other animals overcome their fear of someone different and rally around to help bring Leaf home.
I had such cognitive dissonance about seeing a polar bear romping around forests…and that was apparently on purpose as after we read it I learned that author and illustrator Sandra Dieckmann also wanted to raise awareness of the polar bears plight due to global warming.
It’s a gentle introduction to that concept for young readers.
The illustrations are bright, colorful and exquisitely detailed.
Be prepared for this to be on repeat for a while.
Published in 2017 by Flying Eye Books.
Prior to that she has served as a Team Leader at Chatham Financial Europe in the UK, the Associate Director of the International Center & Admissions at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, the NGO and Policy Coordination Officer at the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and a consultant for the Corporate Executive Board.
She holds a Bachelors in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and a Masters in International Relations from the LSE. She is also an accredited practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) as well as a certified CultureActive® cross-cultural trainer. Further, she serves as a guest writer for the Huffington Post.
A truly global citizen, Natalie is Argentine-American and has worked, studied and volunteered in over 35 countries. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband and three children.