Don't Let Go
It's a frosty day at the beach, and a polar bear family is at play among the ice floes. The cubs splash around, all except the youngest, who's nervously hanging onto his dad in the water. He's just not ready to swim on his own. Despite encouragement from Dad, the cub is insistent: "Don't let go!"
Maybe a flotation device would help? One by one, the little bear adds a lifesaver, a flutter board, a pool noodle, and a rubber ball to his body, all while clutching his dad. Eventually, the cub is so loaded down with large and colourful toys that his dad is able to sneak away unnoticed. But will he still be afraid to float on his own?
This simple, funny story is told in speech bubbles and illustrations. Full of colour, laughter, and polar bears in vibrant swimsuits, this is a playful and lighthearted exploration of the challenges of independence. (From Owlkids)
Élisabeth Eudes-Pascal is a Montreal-born author and illustrator. She was a finalist for the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award for French-language children's illustration for Bill Chocottes, le héros qui avait peur by Dominique Watrin.