Sister Bear by Jane Yolen
A Norse Tale

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There was a young girl named Halva up in Finnmark who found a white bear cub alone in the woods...Halva takes the cub home, where they name her Sister Bear. Not only does Sister Bear hunt for the family and protect Halva, but she likes to dance while Halva plays the flute. Halva decides to show off Sister Bear to the king of Denmark. But on their journey, they run into trouble with some big, ugly, hungry trolls, and Halva learns just how lucky she is to have a loving friend like Sister Bear. Author Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Anderson of America" for her work in fairy tales, is perfectly matched with illustrator Linda Graves, whose richly detailed art is rendered in pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

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Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.
Published October 30, 2012 by Two Lions. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her new friends are about to evacuate in fear of the annual Christmastime visit of a pack of evil trolls, so Halva and Sister Bear decide to take on the trolls.

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Feuding mobsters get more than they bargained for in ""Under the Hill,"" which Yolen playfully describes as ""Damon Runyon meets the elves."" ""Blood Sister,"" ""The Traveler and the Tale"" and ""Speaking to the Wind"" echo older themes from Ursula Le Guin's work, but the powerful title story, wh...

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There isn't a dull moment in Yolen's rousing retelling of this Norwegian folktale, in which a girl tames a polar bear cub, defeats a band of tattooed trolls, and arrives at the court of the King of Denmark to royal acclaim.

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Halva decides to take Sister Bear to visit the King of Denmark, and along the way stumbles across a village in desperate need of help.

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