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Nanook is a caring polar bear who lives in the Arctic. But when his igloo starts melting, Nanook must find a way to save his friends and his home. He knows that the people who can help are also those who’ve caused the problem and he must find a way to convince leaders to act on the climate crisis!
This educational rhyming picture book is aimed at 5-7 year olds. It intends to explain the climate crisis in a way that younger children can get to grips with. The book is released ahead of the COP26 climate change summit, and arrives just after the IPCC have released their report saying that current climate change is “unprecedented” in thousands of years, and that “it is unequivocal” that human activities are responsible for them. It focuses on Greenland and the Arctic as this is where rapid climate change is being witnessed, and what happens in the Arctic will affect the rest of the world.
"Nanook and the Melting Arctic will inspire so much discussion. From the portraits of Greta Thunberg and James Hansen on Nanook’s igloo wall to his signs made from plastic pollution to his heart-felt pleas for people to change their ways, children will see just how important it is that we work together to protect the Earth." - Kate Heap, Scope for Imagination
"A gentle rhyming story is a perfect way to help us talk to our little ones about the problems that our planet faces. Perfect timing too with the upcoming COP26 conference where the world's leaders take centre stage and hopefully agree on some serious action." - Nicky Hudson, It’s All About Stories
Ryan is a Freelance Writer and Author. He holds a First Class BSc in Climate Change (Hons) from Coventry University and a Distinction in an MA in Creative Writing (via Distance Learning) from Teesside University. He’s also completed online writing short courses with Harvard University, Oxford University and UEA. In 2018, Ryan was named as an Environmental Changemaker, following on from the UN Young Champions of the Earth competition. His articles appear in The Independent, The Bookseller, Africa Geographic, The Thomson Reuters Foundation, Climate Stories Hub, Kiteworld Magazine and The Writing Cooperative, amongst others.
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Another you must get for the children in your life.
One day Hedgey-A is visited by his friend Brizzy the honey bee. Hedgey-A learns that bees are becoming sick because chemicals called pesticides are being used on plants. But he knows just what to do and sets off for London to see the Queen, who he hopes can help save the bees!
“This really is a superb children’s book.” – Georgina Downs, Multi Award Winning Journalist Campaigner
“A charming book that has an important environmental message which is written well for 5-7 year old children. It has great rhythm to its story-telling rhyme, which really captures children of these ages and has a good energy to it as well as some humour.” – Louise, Bookmarks And Stages
“Awareness of the natural environment around us is vital, and bee colonies are in great trouble, so this book is extremely well timed and may start junior naturalists off to a good way of thinking about nature… HEDGEY-A AND THE HONEY BEES starts a series called ‘Time To Care’ which is a great message. Children, their families and educators will enjoy this little story and learn valuable lessons. Because we all need to care about others, and that makes the world work better.” – Clare O’Beara, Fresh Fiction
“Written by an author with a BSc in Climate Change and an MA in Creative Writing, this series has the potential to inspire many new, informed activists, much needed for the future.” – Nicky Hudson, It’s All About Stories