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NYC Big Book Awards:

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The Clever Wife: A Kyrgyz Folktale

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Little Bear: An Inuit Folktale

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Little Bear: An Inuit Folktale
Retold by: Dawn Casey
illustrated by: Amanda Hall
Subject(s): Age(s) / Grade level

Juvenile Fiction: /Animals; /People & Places; /Fairy Tales & Folklore

4 – 8 years and up

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10" × 8" / 36 pages

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Little Bear is a lyrical retelling of an Inuit folktale, written by award-winning author Dawn Casey and radiantly illustrated by award-winning artist Amanda Hall. When a lonely old woman finds a polar bear cub with no mother of his own, she adopts him, and cares for him as he grows. The bear cub rides in her hood and sleeps by her side. The old woman loves the bear like her own child, but her heart also knows: bears belong in the wild. A tender story of loving and learning to let go, Little Bear celebrates the relationship between a human being and a wild animal and will touch the hearts of readers young and old.

Dawn Casey is a children’s book author whose work is inspired by a deep love of nature, a respect for the truth and power of tales of old, and a delight in the wonder of the world. Dawn’s books have won the Kirkus Star, the Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society, and the Gold Nautilus Award. She is the author of The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales, A Lullaby for Little One, and Babushka (with Amanda Hall). Dawn lives with her husband and two daughters in Lewes, England.

Amanda Hall is an award-winning illustrator of over two dozen books. She is renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colorful children’s books both in America and Great Britain, with co-editions in 24 other countries and sales of over 600,000 copies worldwide. Amanda regularly exhibits her original artwork at Chris Beetles Gallery in London, while her e-commerce website ( sells copies of her signed books, wall mural wallpapers, and original illustrations. Among her titles are Out of This World, Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward, and The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau. She lives with her musician partner in Cambridge, England.

Kelly Berthelsen, who wrote the Foreword to the book, is an Inuit writer, poet, translator, and politician who advocates for Greenlandic culture, literature, and indigenous rights. He lives in Qaqortoq, Greenland.

Awards & Honors
  • Distinguished Favorite in the “Children’s Picture Book” category of the 2023 NYC Big Book Awards
  • Distinguished Favorite in the “Book Cover Design – Children’s Picture Book” category of the 2023 NYC Big Book Awards
  • Gold Medal in the “Interior Design” category of the 2023 Midwest Book Award
a sample spread from the book “Little Bear: An Inuit Folktale”, written by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Amanda Hall

A sample spread from the book Little Bear: An Inuit Folktale,
written by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Amanda Hall

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