The Woman and Her Bear Cub

ᐊᓈᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᐸᓂᖓᓗ ᐊᑎᖅᑕᖅᓯᐊᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᒃ ᐊᕗᑎᓯᒪᔪᒥᒃ, ᐸᓂᖓᑕ
ᕿᒪᒍᒪᔪᓐᓃᖅᐹ ᓇᓄᖅ. ᐊᕐᓇᖓ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᖖᒋᒻᒪᑦ, ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᑎᒍᐊᖅᐴᒃ
ᐊᑎᖅᑕᒥᒃ ᐸᒥᖅᓴᐃᓕᖅᑐᑎᒡᓗ ᓂᕕᐊᖅᓯᐊᑉ ᐊᓂᑯᓗᒋᓪᓗᓂᐅᒃ. ᐊᑎᖅᑕ
ᓂᕕᐊᖅᓯᐊᕐᓗ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕇᓕᑲᐅᖅᑐᖅᐳᒃ—ᐃᔨᕋᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᒡᓗ ᐊᑎᖅᑕᐅᑉ
ᓇᐃᒪᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐊᓗᖕᒥᓄᑦ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᐅᔭᐃᓐᓇᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ! ᐅᓪᓗᐃᓪᓕ
ᐃᓚᖓᓐᓂ, ᓇᓄᖅ ᓇᓅᖃᑎᒥᓂᒃ ᐅᑎᐅᔾᔨᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ
ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᑐᓂ. ᐊᓈᓇᖓᓕ ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓇᓅᑉ
ᕿᒪᕉᑎᔭᕆᐊᖃᓕᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ, ᖁᕕᐊᓱᓪᓗᓂ ᐆᒪᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑦ.

ᐃᑉᐱᖕᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ
ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᖓᓃᖖᒑᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᓕᕆᔨᒧᑦ ᔭᐃᐱᑎ ᐊᕐᓇᑲᖕᒧᑦ.

When a mother and daughter find a polar bear cub alone on the sea ice, the daughter cannot bear to leave it behind. Finding no mother bear in sight, the two adopt the cub and raise it as the girl’s brother.

The cub and the girl become fast friends—even if the cub’s bear sense of smell always means he wins at hide-and-seek! The cub hunts for the community, and they never want for food. But the cub continues to grow, and eventually he is no longer a fuzzy little cub, but a powerful full-grown bear. Some in the community become fearful of the bear, but the girl and her mother love him just the same.

That is, until one day, the bear returns from a hunt with another bear by his side. The mother soon learns that they need to let the cub go, in order for him to live the happy life they want for him.

Adapted and retold by Jaypeetee Arnakak | Illustrated by Dayna B. Griffiths

Hardcover (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-466-0 | $18.95 | 9.5″ x 8.5″ | 36 Pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level L |

Paperback (Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-492-9 | $14.95 | 9″ x 8.5″ | 36 Pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level L |

EPUB (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-508-7 | $9.99 | 36 Pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level L |

Audiobook (English/Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-505-6 | $6.99 | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level L |


“Adopting a lost animal and caring for it until care is no longer necessary is a story for all times. Here, a polar bear and an Arctic landscape may make this story unique, but its premise is grounded in the authenticity of compassion for those in need and dictated only by the one most affected. It is a lesson in selflessness and benevolence and a true reflection of the graciousness of Inuit values.”—CanLit for Little Canadians

[C]an open a discussion with young readers about how we can often feel two things at once.”—CM: Canadian Review of Materials