This month we will be discussing Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher. The ebook is available for digital download via OverDrive or the Libby App and physical copies can be reserved and picked up via Holds To Go!
The discussion will be followed by a fun STEM activity.
STEM Supplies Needed: Several sheets of paper, scissors, a ruler and a pencil. If you have origami paper that will work too.
1. What is this book about? What are the main themes?
2. Why is this book considered historical fiction? Do you know of any other books the fit in this genre? What historical events do they cover?
3. What are some of the reasons why Arthur runs away from home? Do you think he should have put so much faith into a letter he couldn’t even read?
4. Arthur and the bear seem to share an instant connection. Think about the bear’s experience in a cage and away from his natural habitat. Why do you think Arthur relates to the bear’s situation?
5. Arthur’s father died, leaving a large hole in Arthur’s life; Arthur imagines that the bear may also have been separated from her cubs. Why is family, or the lack of family, such an important part of this novel? How does it drive the characters’ actions?
6. When Arthur finally tells someone that Hauk took his letter, he leaves Ottar out of it, saying, “I knew what it was to be the weak one.” After they are bullied, people often go on to be bullies themselves. Why do you think that Arthur wants to protect Ottar instead of getting revenge? How is Arthur’s kindness rewarded later in the book?
7. Did you already know about the King of England’s menagerie? What animals do you think the king might have
8. Freedom is an important theme in this book. When the keeper explains that some animals “languish” in captivity, what is he saying? Can you name some of the different types of cages, real or figurative, portrayed in this book?
9. Are there potential downsides to being free, both for people and for bears? Explain?
10. What did you think of the ending? Were you surprised by how the story ended? Think back to the prologue.
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