The Bear on the Moon by Joanne Ryder and Carol Lacey, 1991 first edition.


Written by Joanne Ryder. Illustrated by Carol Lacey. First edition, 1991. Morrow Junior Books, New York.

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"In Joanne Ryder's haunting tale, the polar bears lived contentedly in their cold sea. Only one bear was different. She was stronger and braver than the others, and shed unheard of questions: How deep was their sea? Did bears live on the silvery moon above? And what were the streamers of lights that reached up into the dark northern sky like a slowly moving staircase.

"One night, when the lights curled and glowed, the curious bear swam away from the safety of her world and climbed that stairway straight to the moon..."

Award-winning British-American writer Joanne Ryder (1946 - ) is best known for her engaging stories that feature animals, nature, and science. She published her first book, A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo, in 1976. Since then, she has written over 100 books for children of all ages, including popular series: Animal Lives, Just for a Day, and Step into Reading. She has also collaborated with illustrators such as Jerry Pinkney, Ted Lewin, and David McPhail. Awards include the Orbis Pictus Award, the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the American Library Association Notable Book Award.

Carol Lacey is an award-winning wildlife artist whose work is available online and her studio in Albuquerque.
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Condition*: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; light edge wear at top; very small closed tear at tail of the spine; small shadow from old label on the back. Illustrated cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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