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.
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.
[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),