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Children's Fiction Anthologies

Little Book of Northern Tales

The Bear Says North

by (author) Bob Barton

illustrated by Jirina Marton

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0


The stark beauty and mystery of the northern lands have always fascinated storyteller Bob Barton. Here he collects his favorite folk and fairy tales from Scandinavia, Russia and Canada's far north. Originally passed by word of mouth, most of these tales were at risk of being lost forever. Stories like the magical "The Reindeer Herder and the Moon" and the surprising "The Raven and the Whale" are ideal for reading aloud or alone. Jirina Marton's colorful paintings perfectly capture the spirit of these exotic lands and the timeless tales that honor them.

About the authors

Bob Barton was born in Ontario. After years of teaching elementary school, he eventually began teaching in secondary. He later became an Education Officer and an Arts Coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Education. He has been a teaching master at teachers’ college, a visiting author in the schools, a performer and a storyteller. Over the years he has published many children’s books, including The Bear Says North (2003) and Poetry Goes to School (2004). Barton has worked professionally as a storyteller for over thirty years, sharing his stories across Canada, the United States, and England. He is the recipient of many literacy and arts awards. Today he still sits on several boards which help promote literacy, but he doesn’t neglect his hobbies of cooking, reading, and gardening. Barton has two grown children and lives with his wife in Toronto.

Bob Barton's profile page

Jirina Marton has exhibited her paintings throughout Europe, Canada, and Japan. She has illustrated many children's books, including Little Books of Northern Tales: The Bear Says North by Bob Barton, Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists by Raquel Riveria, Marja's Skis by Jean E. Pendziwol, which was a Governor-General's Award finalist for illustration, and Bella's Tree by Janet Russell, which won the 2009 Governor General's Award for illustration. Jirina lives in Colborne, Ontario.

Jirina Marton's profile page

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