Title: Love Matters Most
Author: Mij Kelly
Illustrator: Gerry Turley
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (2017)
“Why is the bear staring into the night, at a world that is turning shimmering white?” A bear leaves her cave, looking for something she has lost in the snowy landscape. The book questions why she would “go out in a storm, leaving a cave that’s sheltered and warm.” What is she searching for? Is it gold, ‘ruby-red berries’, the northern lights, leaping salmon or the glittering and gleaming stars? No.
She follows prints in the snow leading to a cave. Inside the bear finds what she has searched for. “The world’s full of treasures and fabulous sights, but when bear finds her cub, who was lost in the night, she cuddles him warm and cuddles him close, and knows, above all… that love matters most.”