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Booklist Editors' Choice
Bulletin Blue Ribbons 2021
"It's a fairytale nightmare of the highest quality, a heartfelt history lesson written in flames, a poem."—Comics Beat
★ "At once beautiful and creepy...a fusion of fantasy and folklore that is more fine art than comic book. A must for libraries with folklore and world culture collections."—School Library Connection (starred)
★ "Fluidly rendered in inky b&w washes; accents of color leap off the page as the translation by Aronpuro flows smoothly."—Publishers Weekly (starred)
★ "Painful yet unforgettable. [this] Finnish fairy tale sees the damage that gods, mothers, and daughters are willing to inflict upon one another, all under the guise of love."—Booklist (starred)
★ "Rich. Radiant. Arresting. A breathtaking exploration of generational connection and the ways that damage can pass down from mother to daughter as easily as love."—BCCB (starred)
Where was the bear born?
By the moon, next to the sun
Among the stars of the plough
Sent to Earth in a golden cradle
With silvery chains.
Poorling is a little bear. She's a bit different from her brothers.
Mother keeps their family safe. For the Forest is full of dangers. It is there that Mana lives, with her Shadow children.
And above them all, Emuu, the great Grandma in the Sky.
From the heart of Finnish folklore comes a breathtaking tale of mothers, daughters, stars and legends, and the old gods and the new.
About the Author
Mari Ahokoivu is an illustrator and comics artist from Finland. Her magnum opus, Oksi, was called "beautiful, clever, funny, vibrant, and full of magic" by the biggest newspaper in her home country; was shortlisted for the Jarkko Laine Award; and has now been translated into English as the first graphic novel on the Levine Querido list.
Silja-Maaria Aronpuro is a Finnish translator. She finds bringing other people's stories to life in a different language pretty magical. She is happy to have translated books that have been selected the Finnish graphic novel of the year 2018 and the translation of the year 2019 by the panel of critics in the Finnish comics society's magazine.
“Originally published in 2018 in Finnish, this newly translated graphic novel mixed science-fiction, fantasy, and Finnish mythology. The story follows a mother bear protecting her children and adopted creature, while the deities in the sky watch over them. A peek at these lush and emotive illustrations, has us very excited to read this book.”-The Mary Sue,
“Enchanting. Dreamlike, startling, magical”-GeekDad ,
“It’s a fairytale nightmare of the highest quality, a heartfelt history lesson written in flames, a poem.”-Comics Beat,
[STAR] “Painful yet unforgettable… [this] Finnish fairy tale sees the damage that gods, mothers, and daughters are willing to inflict upon one another, all under the guise of love.”-Booklist (starred),
“A haunting but playful feast for the eyes. Oksi interprets an age-old story with inimitable vision and grace.” -Foreword Reviews
[STAR] "A must for libraries with folklore and world culture collections."-School Library Connection (starred),
[STAR] “Fluidly rendered in inky bw washes; accents of color leap off the page as the translation by Aronpuro flows smoothly.”- Publishers Weekly (starred),
“Dark, complex, and gratifying. With its ethereal fairy-tale quality, this quietly challenging story of parents and children translated from the original Finnish is visually powerful and emotionally compelling.” -Kirkus Reviews,
[STAR] “Rich. Radiant. Arresting. A breathtaking exploration of generational connection and the ways that damage can pass down from mother to daughter as easily as love.”- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred),