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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tears for Nanertak

I was more than delighted to have the opportunity to review a children's book on the effects of Global Warming in relation to the habitat that is affecting the polar bears and their survival. It is a beautifully illustrated by watercolor art by both the author and artist, Skip Hofstrand. The message is easy for children to understand and hope will affect the next generation of children to help us win the battle to save habitats that are slowly disappearing. We often times fail to understand just what is really happening around the world in respects to global warming until it impacts us on a personal level.

In this beautiful book, we meet Nanertak, a polar bear cub who lives in the Arctic with his mother, Nanuck. They soon realize that the home they have come to love and enjoy is rapidly disappearing. They either have to find a way to adapt or risk dying. They work with the other animals in the Arctic to figure out a way to deal with the losing of their home and part ways on a polar iceberg, while other animals leave on a different path. Soon however, Nanertak and his mother find themselves on an ever shrinking iceberg and soon realize that danger is just days away if they can't find land. You'll have to read this one if you want to know how it ends but I can honestly say it is very impactful in it's simple message of conservation and it's importance.

I received Tears for Nanertak compliments of the author Skip Hofstrand, Outskirts Press and Bostick Communications for my honest review. Since my family completely supports the efforts of groups like the World Wildlife Federation and we are a strong Christian family as well, we believe it's our responsibility to care for Earth as God commands for us to be good stewards. I think this book is a wonderful addition to help children understand the impacts of what consequences some of our actions have not only on the world but on the living things around us. I personally recommend this one and rate it a 5 out of 5 stars.

The author Skip Hofstrand has been a professional watercolor artist for 26 years. This is his first children's picture book. The illustrations were painted using water from the melting Greenland Ice Cap, collected by Will Steger, polar explorer and winner of National Geographic's prestigious John Oliver LaGorce award for exploration, science, and public service. Skip has served as medical director for all of Steger's polar expeditions. A percentage of the royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Will Steger Foundation, which educates our children about global warming.

For more information about Tears for Nanertak, Skip Hofstrand or where to pick up a copy of this book today, please click on the links below:

You can also find further information on Skip's watercolor style and biography by clicking here. 

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