The Legend of Sleeping Bear

by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Other authorsGijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1998



Local notes

398.2 War



Sleeping Bear Press (1998), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 48 pages. Purchased in 2008. $16.95.


In this retelling of an Ojibwe Indian tale, a mother bear loses sight of her two cubs as they all attempt to escape a forest fire by swimming across Lake Michigan.


Physical description

48 p.; 11.38 inches


188694735X / 9781886947351



User reviews

LibraryThing member 9jr01bev
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.
LibraryThing member beckyhill
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member p4style
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member juliabaird1
This is a good creationism story - about how things are created in the world. The art is bright and vibrant and invites the reader in to the story.
LibraryThing member racheich
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
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well done (kinda sad) and I loved the illustrations!
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LibraryThing member Khoffy
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.
LibraryThing member Trina08
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.
LibraryThing member katietwa08
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
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story of all mothers' love for their children as well. I highly recommend this story for anyone to read.
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