Ursamer

An Eco Short Story For Children (Treasury of Feel-Good Stories)

Children - Fable
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/24/2022
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Author Biography

I was inspired to write Ursamer becuase I wanted to find a unique way to present the Earth's crisis to children. I see this as a story for parents and teachers to read to gifted children.

I also hope it creates intergenerational environmental understanding and stewardship. In this regard, Ursamer is part of a five book series based on eco themes - there's a book for all age groups.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rachelle Smith for Readers' Favorite

Ursamer: An Eco Short Story For Children (Treasury of Feel-Good Stories) by Karina McRoberts is a fable replete with symbolism. In this short chapter book, the protagonist Ursamer journeys with her ever-hungry pup, Nuga, in search of someone who might help her. Ursamer is far from home, and she is very different from the people she encounters in each chapter. Each time she appears, with her block of ice trailing behind her on a sled, she is hopeful that someone will know how to help her.

Ursamer’s speech shows that she isn’t native to the places in which she appears. Readers know from the subtitle that this is an eco story, but the characters are completely ignorant of Ursamer’s mission. The language of McRoberts' story is intelligently crafted and it needs a reader who looks beyond the superficial. This allegory about a heavily contested world issue expects a certain amount of decoding. A few photographic images are included in each chapter. The characters in Ursamer are beautifully rendered. Each is given a unique personality and their encounters with Ursamer seem genuine. Young Bailey, whose internal dialogue is shared, is presented as both intelligent and empathetic and as someone that a young reader might relate well to. Karina McRoberts' Ursamer could find a place in a middle-grade classroom, especially one that discusses allegory and symbolism.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read that will give the reader pause for thought
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2022
An extremely well-written and contrived short story that brings focus on the burgeoning environmental problems we all face. Here, the author creatively uses a young Inuit girl and her dog as the vehicle to drive the story. The fish out of water is always a winning approach.

What really stands out here is how the author captured the common mindset faced by people concerned with Global Warming. You have many who simply don't understand. You have some who are hostile and just want the person to go away. Only a child truly gets it. How sadly accurate is that in real life?

A worthwhile read that will give the reader pause for thought. If this short story reaches one person, it will make the world a better place. Excellent reading for everyone living in the world today.

Belinda T


5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous story for right now!
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2022
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This is a beautifully written and illustrated short story for young children, and perhaps those not so young, about what is happening to our planet. You will fall in love with Inuit girl Ursamer, Nuga, her sled dog puppy, and new friends Granny and 9-year-old Bailey.
What wonderful characters!
A brilliant way for kids to learn about climate change.
I highly recommend this very lovely book and commend the author for writing it.
More please!

Gigi Sedylmayer


5.0 out of 5 stars Compassion
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2021
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I have read many books by Karina, and was never disappointed. And that book? it tops it all. It really spoke to me.
Better write a quote from the book:
"Baily, nature is the first world. Everything about her is perfect harmony and perfect balance. Resilience and is healing powers are miraculous, but only to a point - because of what we have done to her. But something is missing. Compassion. That is how we fit in to the grand plan, that is our purpose."