Two children half a world away from each other are connected in an unexpected way in this timeless, fanciful story.
Way, way up north in a snow-covered frozen world, a young girl breaks a hole in the ice and fishes for her supper. But instead of a fish, at the end of the line is a small, brightly painted wooden bird. She ties it onto her necklace, next to a small wooden bear.
Day after day her fishing pole brings up more colorful surprises from the swirling sea under the frozen ice. She decorates her igloo with the beautiful treasures, and animals come from far and wide to visit with her and share stories of faraway lands. When it is time to move on, she visits the fishing hole one more time and drops the little bear from her necklace into the water.
Faraway, a young boy walks along a beach in the hot, hot sun. He throws a colorful object into the water. Then something catches his eye. There washed up on the beach is a small wooden bear...
Karin Littlewood has crafted a simple, affecting story of how individuals around the world connect and even enrich each other’s lives. Her beautiful full-spread watercolor illustrations vibrantly depict the story’s shifting locations—from the frozen Arctic to the tropical shoreline, linked together by the vast and diverse world that exists below the sea.
First published in the United Kingdom by Gullan Children's Books under the title IMMI'S GIFT by Karin Littlewood.
Text and Illustrations Copyright © 2010 by Karin Littlewood.
Published by arrangement with Peachtree Publishers.