Book Reviews

Book Review – The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade

Release Date: 18th February 2021 (in paperback 6th January 2022)

Format reviewed: Hardback own copy


There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…

This moving story will win the hearts of children the world over and show them that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference. The Last Bear is a celebration of the love between child and an animal, a battle cry for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a bear’s.

My Review

It’s not often that a middle grade story has me welling up, but this one did. Wow it is so beautifully and eloquently told — a simple story of an unlikely friendship that is so full of heart. It’s very relevant – incredibly important even – and gave me new insights into global warming.

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold is full of hope and possibility for a better future. Between the lines of this tale of friendship, lies the need for us to believe that our small actions can add up to make a difference. And the fact that this is a story for the 8, 9 and 10 years olds of our world brings another level of hope. This story — that has such power to emotionally connect us to our ailing planet — has been written for the adults of tomorrow offering hope that they might be better prepared to fight climate change.

This book alone won’t do that of course, but this beautiful tale is another voice amongst many that shines a light on our wonderful planet, and encourages us to listen to its sigh and take action, however big or small.

The story is a slow burner — it’s not overtly adventurous or exciting for the most part — but there’s a place for still and silent timelessness, and this book really captures this quality.
I definitely recommend The Last Bear to children, parents and teachers everywhere. Animal lovers will particularly adore it. Everyone needs to feel its power.

It’s magic! And I can’t wait to read it with my daughter.

The hardback edition is particularly gorgeous and the illustrations really add to its beauty too.

Thanks for Reading!

Anna xx

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