For Immediate Release
October 8, 2015
A Legacy Inspired A New Children’s Book
An Adventure with Peter & Penny at Hudson Bay
by Karla Locke, photos by Joan Silling Photography
A children's book full of fun facts about polar bears interweaved with the story of Peter and Penny (cubs) as mama takes them to Hudson Bay for the winter. It is at Hudson Bay where they first encounter the HUMANS.
This book touches on the concerns of the environment when mama expresses her fears for her children's future as the ice, in which they need to survive, becomes less and less each year.
Portions of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Polar Bear International Organization. Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. They also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate. We thank them for providing us the facts about polar bears used in this book.
An Adventure with Peter & Penny at Hudson Bay was inspired by wildlife photographer Joan Silling while on her last trip to Hudson Bay. Silling passed away in 2014 from cancer, leaving her entire thirty-year photo library to Karla Locke. Silling's love for these creatures was expressed in her photography. These images are part of her legacy, and we are honored to share them in this fun and educational story.
For additional information contact Karla Locke at 206-518-8209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about Peter and Penny in the Anacortes American - a local newspaper
A dear friend left me her entire over thirty years collection of photographs. Over the years, Joan traveled and photographed thirty one countries, some more than once. One of her favorite places to visit was Hudson Bay and Churchill, it included one of her favorite photography subjects– Polar Bears.
I was most honored when she asked me to take her collection of photographs, but I was also a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of it. What do I do with over 65,000 images, some of them still in slides? And, how do I honor such a legacy? As I sorted through her images, I revisited her trip to Hudson Bay from 2011. I was very familiar with the trip, and as I looked at the images again I knew what I had to do with them–a children's book.
It took me months to decide on a story line. Then I ran across a wonderful website, Polar Bear International, and found it full of facts about Polar Bears. The fun facts are interwoven as Bear Facts in the book, accompanying a story about two cubs, Peter and Penny, as mama introduces them to Hudson Bay, their new home for the winter. It is at this location that Penny discovers a new animal, mama calls them Humans. Penny finds herself fascinated by these creatures and just wants to spend her time watching them. Mama is torn between the worry about what the humans may be doing to their home, and the hope that maybe by learning more about her kind, they can find a way to save their home and secure her children's future.
A legacy was the inspiration for the book. But it's the images captured by Joan, that shows us how wonderful these magnificent animals are.
Thank you Joan Silling.
Joan Silling Photography
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