The Legend of Sleeping Bear
by Kathy-jo Wargin
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.
- Dewey: 398.24
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781886947351): 48 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 1999, 10/19/1998
- PDF (9781627531795): 48 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627534819): 48 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 7 - Age 10
- ATOS Reading Level: 4.8
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 43236
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General (JUV022000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General (JUV030060)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General (JUV012030)
- IPPY Award Finalist, Runner-up, 1999
- Official State of Michigan Children's Book, Winner
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Author: Kathy-jo Wargin
Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of more than 45 books and has earned national acclaim through award-winning children’s classics such as Michigan’s official state book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Children’s Choice Award winner The Legend of the Loon, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, and many others. Kathy-jo enjoys writing about nature, folklore, and its effect on all our lives. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter for associations, school districts, and conferences throughout the country. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen was born in the Netherlands in 1951. With his seven brothers and sisters, he grew up exploring nature and his sketch pads were filled with observations from those family outings. Always drawing as a young boy, his father encouraged Gijsbert to make art his career. After high school, he attended and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in Arnhem, Holland.
Gijsbert, or “Mr. Nick” as many children affectionately call him during his school visits, immigrated to the United States in 1976 and worked as Art Director for the Michigan Natural Resources Magazine for 17 years. In 1995, he illustrated his first children’s book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, finally fullfilling his dream of illustrating children’s books.
Residing in Bath, Michigan, Nick and his family share their 40-acre farm with sheep, horses, dogs, cats, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, pigeons and a revolving door of orphaned and injured wild life. The family’s nature journals logged 20 years of wild life rehabilitation on the farm and it is through these journals that the popular Hazel Ridge series was created. The farm, the land and the animals make great subjects for the artist to paint.
Mr. Nick travels to schools and conferences to share his passion for drawing—encouraging kids to make their hobby their career.