Patricia Hegarty and Rotem Teplow
As simplistic as Patricia Hegarty’s story may at first seem on the surface, Two Bears is a picture book with important themes that can be appreciated and discussed on many levels.
It’s a story of two very different bears from very different worlds, far apart … until they are displaced by the consequences of human actions.
Grizzly Bear’s northern forest home is ravaged by fires caused by man’s selfish actions.
Polar Bear’s Arctic home is also in dire trouble as the ice cap starts to melt on account of global warming.
Consequently each bear embarks on a long journey, Polar Bear moving south; Grizzly Bear going in a northerly direction to find food.
Their travels are arduous, the weather testing and food scarce, causing the bears to get thinner and thinner; still though, they remain strong in order to stay alive.
Just before they lose hope the two bears meet.
Yes, they have some superficial differences but what they have in common allows them to transcend all else and thus begin a peaceful life of understanding and togetherness ; and come spring, something very exciting takes place …
Rotem Teplow’s captivating illustrations show the bears’ physical and mental journeys as they seek safety far from their homes, helping to make the book one that successfully combines storytelling with information about the predicament of the bears. The inside cover gives brief details about this and explains how both species are attempting to cope with being under continuing threat.