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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

The Woman Who Married a Bear

by (author) Elizabeth James

illustrated by Atanas

Simply Read Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2017
Native Canadian, General, Adaptations
Recommended Age
7 to 9
Recommended Grade
2 to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2017
    List Price

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An arrogant young girl who insults the bears must face the consequences: punishment from the bears themselves. This retelling of an ancient West Coast First Nations’ tale about a young woman’s intimate encounter with the bears chronicles her transformative experiences. Detailed watercolor illustrations convey the spectacular natural beauty of the Pacific West Coast, from its misty seashores to its wildflower-filled meadows and icy mountain peaks. Both story and pictures teach children the importance of respecting and honoring nature and animals.

About the authors

Elizabeth James lives in Vancouver, BC.

Elizabeth James' profile page

Atanas Matsoureff was born in Bansko, Bulgaria. His watercolor paintings are prized for their beauty and sensitivity to the natural world. The Lost Island was his first picture book.

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