Big Bear, Little Brother by Carl Norac

Big Bear, Little Brother

Written by Carl Norac
Illustrated by Kristin Oftedal

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011

A useful book about the Environment.

Carl Norac's delicately woven tale of the touching friendship between a young boy and a solitary polar bear is accompanied by beautiful, evocative illustrations by Kristin Oftedal. Kristin Oftedal is a shining new talent in children's book illustration. She takes inspiration from nature and has a soft spot for polar bears, which are a recurrent motif in her work. She is a previous winner of the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Big Bear, Little Brother is Kristin's first picture book.


Big Bear, Little Brother by Carl Norac

On the ice, the wind is blowing gently. Big Bear has stopped running. How wonderful it is to be still... to close his eyes... to dream! But the stillness is broken when Big Bear hears a cry and opens his eyes to see a child tumbling from the sky.


The stunning artwork evokes the great strength, grandeur, and gentleness of the bear and the cold and loneliness of the snowy landscape. This winter tale is a solid choice for storytimes, and young readers will be drawn to the unusual friendship. -- School Library Journal

About the Author

Carl Norac

Carl Norac is a hugely popular children’s author, and his books have been translated into 39 languages. Carl is also a prize-winning poet and loves to participate in school events and book fairs. Belgian by birth, he now lives with his family in France.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3


Carl Norac
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

5th November 2010




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