ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: March 16, 2017
The Island and the Bear
By (author) Louise Greig; Illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva
“Anything can happen anywhere. Anywhere was an island. Anything was a bear.” One windy morning on a wild and quiet Hebridean island, a bear appeared where there should not have been a bear. The islanders panicked before they soon realised that this was no ordinary bear. The gentle giant played happily in streams, danced in the wind, and would not harm a living thing. But even friendly bears don’t belong on Scottish islands. Will he ever find his way home? This touching tale, recounted in Louise Greig’s gentle verse, and brought to life by Vanya Nastanlieva’s enchanting illustrations, is based on a true story that has since become legend in the Scottish Hebrides.
Louise Greig is a poet and author born in Scotland. She has won several writing prizes, including the Manchester Writing for Children Competition and the Wigtown Poetry Prize. She is inspired by the Scottish landscape, and the company of animals. She lives in Aberdeen with her rescue greyhound, Smoky. Vanya Nastanlieva was born and raised in Bulgaria. She studied book design at The National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, and received her MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Her picture book Mo and Beau was Highly Commended in the 2011 Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration and was published in 2015. She currently lives in Cambridge, England.