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Overview

It started with a mother's love... Fleeing from a forest fire, a mother bear urges her two cubs into the watery shelter of a vast body of water. Though it will be difficult, she knows if they can swim across to the opposite shore, they will be safe. With calls of encouragement and steadfast love, Mother Bear guides her cubs across the great lake, Lake Michigan. And the story of what happens once Mother Bear reaches the far shore becomes the legend behind the natural wonder known as Sleeping Bear Dune. In 1998 writer Kathy-jo Wargin and nature artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen combined their talents to bring The Legend of Sleeping Bear to life. Published to wide acclaim, the book was soon named the Official Children's Book of Michigan. More than ten years later, this story of enduring maternal love continues to resonate with readers young and old. In celebration of the initial release of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, we are pleased to announce a new, limited edition of the book, accompanied with a free animated DVD narrated by Jeff Daniels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781886947351
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 223,567
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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Gwen Frostic

The great bear sleeps - - waiting for her cubs - - who have turned into the Manitou islands - - the wind sweeps on. The story of their trip across Lake Michigan has become a legend for young and old - - which is dedicated to your imagination and fantasy that you may enjoy it forever and ever - - - as the wind blows - - - -Gwen Frostic, renowned artist, write & naturalist

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Legend of Sleeping Bear 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a educator, I have read this book to grades 1-3. Every child has been positively affected by the images and feelings conveyed in this book. I have even seen 'macho-like' adults cry at the conclusion of this book. I had to buy extra copies of this book and the other 'The Legend' books. This book will definely change one's life perspective. The young and young at heart will not be disappointed when looking at the book's rich use of color and reading the high-impact words. This book is worth its weight in gold and much more. As an educator, I urge others to get this book.
katietwa08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has been a family favorite for years in my house. This beautifully illustrated tale of a mother's love for her two bear cubs is cleverly braided into the formation of one of Michigan's graceful landforms. It is a wonderful book of which mothers with two children can easily relate, but it is a story of all mothers' love for their children as well. I highly recommend this story for anyone to read.
racheich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a lovely version of the Legend of Sleeping Bear. Before the story, there is a description of what a legend is which I thought was nice to include because it is important for children to understand that this story is not factual on how the Manitou Islands were made. This story is very well done (kinda sad) and I loved the illustrations!
p4style on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is an adaptation of the Ojibwe Indian tale about a mother bear and two cubs fleeing a forest fire on the bank of Lake Michigan. The book was designated as the 1998 Official Children¿s Book. The book begins with an explanation of the word ¿legend¿ and gives background information that it is adapted from the Ojibwe Indians.The hardcover edition is beautifully illustrated with a few words on each page. This would make the story easy to interpret and to make inferences. The story also lends itself to discussion about the bear and her cubs, Lake Michigan, forests, fires, etc. The story itself is very moving as it describes the mother bear¿s fears at the loss of her cubs. It concludes with some celebration as the cubs return years later as islands. I wonder if younger children would be as affected, especially when they would likely focus on the pictures.I loved the story and the illustrations.
Khoffy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well written book telling the folktale of the sleeping bear dunes. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking, incredibly drawn. It would be a great book to share during a unit on legends and folktales.
Trina08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a sad yet well written book. When reading this book I was wondering what age group would you read this story too. I think it is a great book to build a discussion off of legends and folktales. I think the language use in this book is very sensitive, which is good for younger readers.
beckyhill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mother bear falls asleep on the shore of Lake Michigan waiting for her cubs to catch up with her. The characters in this story are three bears, a mother and her two cubs, who are traveling across Lake Michigan to get away from a forest fire in Wisconsin. The plot is very adventurous, following the bears on their journey across the lake. The setting is established for the legend to have happened long before people were settling in the Midwest region. The theme is just to give a story to the dunes along Lake Michigan as being a giant sleeping bear, and the Manitou Islands being bear cubs. The style is very picturesque and the illustrations go very well with the flow of the story. Since this story comes from Native American folklore, the culture of those people is being preserved through the story and it's message.
9jr01bev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book even though it's sad that the mother bear lost her cubs. Although legends aren't true this is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book but disappointed in Barnes and Nobles. They advertises that this book is a limited addition with a DVD  of the story. The DVD is NOT included. I contacted them twice and was even sent another book which should of had the short film but  again it was not included. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing paintings!! Beautiful prose!!Outstanding!!