Journey of the Pale Bear
The polar bear is a royal bear, a gift from the King of Norway to the King of England. The first time Arthur encounters the bear, he is shoved in her cage as payback for stealing food. Restless and deadly, the bear terrifies him. Yet, strangely, she doesn’t harm him—though she has attacked anyone else who comes near. That makes Arthur valuable to the doctor in charge of getting the bear safely to London. So Arthur, who has run away from home, finds himself taking care of a polar bear on a ship to England.
Tasked with feeding and cleaning up after the bear, Arthur’s fears slowly lessen as he begins to feel a connection to this bear, who like him, has been cut off from her family. But the journey holds many dangers, and Arthur knows his own freedom—perhaps even his life—depends on keeping the bear from harm. When pirates attack and the ship founders, Arthur must make a choice—does he do everything he can to save himself, or does he help the bear to find freedom?
Based on the real story of a polar bear that lived in the Tower of London, this timeless adventure story is also a touching account of the bond between a boy and a bear.
JOURNEY OF THE PALE BEAR is an inspiring and heartwarming story about a bear and a boy who develop a wonderful friendship. Arthur is running away from home because of his abusive stepfather when he runs into trouble. He tries to steal some food, but winds up getting shoved into a bear's cage. When the bear doesn't try to attack him, the doctor gives him a job to help handle the bear aboard the ship.
This bear is no ordinary bear. She's a royal one and a gift from the King of Norway to the King of England. She's precious and can't arrive in a deteriorating condition. The doctor can't get her to eat, but Arthur can. He's the only one that can get close enough to touch her as well. When pirates attack, Arthur knows he must save the bear, but what happens when this is all over?
This was such an enchanting story that I found myself unable to put it down. I love how the friendship developed between the boy and the bear and that this was also based on a real bear from the 1200s. Some people just have a way with animals and Arthur is one of them.
Final Verdict: I'm so happy I had the chance to read this and would recommend it to fans of animals, adventure, sailing the seas, history and friendship.