The Legend of Honey Hollow

It's not too often that a children's book moves me. One of my personal favorites is Guess How Much I Love You, a story that helps explain a parent's limitless love for their child. I also love the Missing Piece and the Big O. I always went away with the message that a person is complete on their own, and they shouldn't look for friends or relationships to make them whole. But, I was moved once again by yet another child's book - The Legend of Honey Hollow.

In the Legend of Honey Hollow, a polar bear escapes from her home in the Arctic because of humans digging for gas and oil. She seeks the safety and warmth of Honey Hollow, where other bears from around the world have been forced to flee too because of human's negative impact on their environment.

I assume Honey Hollow is in North America, since the three bears that resided there originally were Brown Bears. But by the time the Polar Bear (Grendel) arrives, Honey Hollow is also home to:
  • Ming-Yi - a Panda Bear from China. He moved to Honey Hollow because his bamboo forest was cleared.
  • Fernando - a Spectacled Bear from South America. He moved to Honey Hollow because his forest was destroyed.
  • Mackenzie - an Appalachian Black Bear who moved to Honey Hollow because her den was destroyed by coal miners.
Grendel's arrival is almost simultaneous with the arrival of people who have come to cut down trees. Three little kids accompany the people. When it storms, there are no trees to help slow down and absorb the water so there is a flash flood that sweeps away the children. Although Grendel does not like people, she saves them. And the children are so thankful they help all the bears plant new trees in the forest.

The message is clear. People have to take responsibility for their environment, because pollution and deforestation affects everyone.

The illustrations are bright. The animals clearly display their emotions. And my sons love the bears on every page. The back of the book talks more specifically about the types of bears found in the book.

The Legend of Honey Hollow is 42 pages long, but the text is large and the majority of each page is taken up by the illustrations. The book is recommended for ages 4 - 8 and costs $16.95 for the hardcover book. The book was written by environmentalist Jeanne McNaney and illustrated by David Cochard.

Thank you to the Family Review Network for giving me the opportunity to read this book to my boys!