Tears For Nanertak: Text and Watercolors By Skip Hofstrand

Tears For Nanertak: Text and Watercolors By Skip Hofstrand

by Skip Hofstrand

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Overview

What Happens When Your Home Disappears?

For most of us, it's hard to imagine our home vanishing. But for Nanertak, a polar bear cub, the melting of her Arctic homeland means that she has nowhere to live. She and her mother, Nanuck, are forced to escape. Their exit by iceberg is full of danger - the beginning of an incredible journey of survival. Many tears are shed along the way, but there is unexpected hope for Nanertak's future...along with a solution to the problem of her disappearing Arctic homeland. Join Nanertak and Nanuck as they search for their new home in this beautiful story that is both educational and inspiring for children and adults alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478720812
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/27/2012
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)

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Tears For Nanertak: Text and Watercolors By Skip Hofstrand 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
This book has a message everyone, old and young alike need to hear.  It is a wonderful way to teach children about global warming and the consequences it has on our world.   The story begins with the sound of dripping.  Nanuck the polar bear is crying because she and her cub Nanertak will have to leave their home in the arctic.  It is melting.  Many other animals are forced to leave as well.  The two polar bears are rescued and taken to an arctic zoo.  Once again tears flow.  The tears are from children who read about this tragedy.  Nanuck realize the children are their future hope and cries tears of joy and hope that one day things may return to the way they were.  The beautiful pictures carry so much emotion.  They are a great asset to the story which is extremely important.  It is a story and lesson that should be taught to a child the minute they can sit still long enough to listen to and understand the story.  This book will pave the way for conversation with your child about global warming.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
The constant drip of the melting polar ice was Earth's tears for all the Arctic animals that were having to find new places to live because of something called global warming.   Glogal warming was destroying their homeland.   Then there was the drip, drip of tears from Nanuck the mother of Nanertak, the Polar bear cub.  Her sorrow was heavy on her heart because they had to leave the only home they had ever known.   Why was this happening?  Where would they go?  How would they travel if everything was melting? Nanertak and his mother Nanuck did find help along the way.   Many were sad and cried many tears along with Nanertak and Nanuck!  The author explains in a way that our children can understand the meaning of global warming and the effects it has on the planet Earth and it's inhabitants.  I found the story very heartwarming and inspirational. The illustration done in watercolors depicted the sorrow of Nanertak and Nanuck along with their perilous journey to a find another home.   I find this book to be a keeper!  Not just because of the wonderful message wrote for our children but because of the exquisite artwork that is shared in this story. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from the author and Bostick Communications for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I read Tears for Nanertak together.  The book is about the polar melting and specifically about Nantertak and Nanuk (her mother).  First of all, I used to have a dog named Nanuk – so immediately the book had sentimental significance.  The book also has a significant message – the youth of today and make a difference – in fact it may even be up to them to do something about the polar melting to save all the animals.  There are many tears in the book – tears of sadness and tears of hope and joy.  The illustrations are terrific and are watercolors with the water from the polar ice caps.  There are not a large number of words but more than enough to get the point across.  We must do something to protect our environment.  We really enjoyed this book – especially the message of hope.  My daughter had plenty of questions after reading this book with me and I was happy to answer them.  She is (as are all of us) quite the animal lover and immediately felt she needed to help the polar bears.  Of course we also want to help the dolphins and whales in Japan - we pretty much want to help all animals.   I give this book a definite 5 stars.  I was provided this book on behalf of the author via BoStick Communications. All opinions, good or bad are mine.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For parents who are looking for a heartfelt way to tell the sad but real story of global warming to their children, Tears for Nanertak is it. A beautiful tale with amazing watercolor images tell how the world is changing, yet is a story of hope and inspiration for our younger generation. Skip’s paintings are breathtaking and the story really pulls at your heart strings. You will not be disappointed – purchase this book today!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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.
FigureOfSpeech More than 1 year ago
beautiful When this book arrived my children got one look at the cover and elicited a promise to read it to them before I even finished opening the mail...with good reason. The artwork is stunning. I'm completely in love with it. I've always appreciated water-colours and Mr. Hofstrand has a spectacular talent. Plus, how cool is it that a book written with the intent of highlighting the plight of Arctic animals in the face of global warming has been illustrated with water from the melting Greenland Ice Cap. It forms a satisfying circle. There is an awful lot of blank space in the book though. I'm not sure if it is supposed to be a visual reminder of the white landscapes of the Arctic or just odd formatting. The message in the book is a simple one, the next generation must be taught now to be responsible wardens of animal habitats. But I fear it might be lost on the primary audience (children). I don't think it is particularly explicit and would likely need to be explained. However, the book could easily be used as a talking point to broach the subject of climate change with youngsters. Either way, it's worth reading just for the artwork.