Tooga: Story Of A Polar BearAuthor Shirley Woods & Muriel Wood ISBN 9781550419009 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publication Date September 14, 2004 Size 139 x 215 mm
Shortlisted for the 2006 Alberta Children's Choice Book Award
During a cold November blizzard on the coast of northern Labrador, a female polar bear heads inland to find a suitable den to give birth to her young. Soon Tooga and his sister Apoon are born, and several months go by before the little ones venture outside of the protection of the den. But although they can now depend on their mother for everything, over the next year the young polar bears have much to learn before they can live on their own.
When Tooga is ready to hunt for himself, he wanders farther away from his mother and sister - out onto the pack ice where the seals congregate. But when he heads inland again, he discovers nothing but water in every direction. The pack ice has broken up and Tooga is on a huge ice floe and drifting south. By the time the floe finds land again, the young polar bear is 500 miles from home. Confused and starving, Tooga must find his way back through an unfamiliar landscape, and face a new threat he has never encounter before - man.
"Stories told from an animal's perspective can either be wonderfully engaging or rapidly tiresome. Shirley Woods manages to pull it off beautifully in Tooga: The Story of A Polar Bear"
-- January Magazine
Muriel Wood's artwork is acclaimed for its accuracy and attention to detail. She is the illustrator of The Olden Days Coat, Anne of Green Gables, Apples and Angel Ladders, Scared Sarah, Lizzie's Storm, and Old Bird. She lives in Port Hope, Ontario.