You’re Snug With Me

Written by Chitra Soundar and illustrated by Poonam Mistry


*Editor’s Choice – Children’s Previews by Fiona Noble* in The Bookseller

At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. “Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask. “‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.” “What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask. “The ocean, full of ice from long ago.” And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, “You’re snug with me.”



‘Lyrical language and the mesmerizing illustrations, which grace the pages in swirls of subdued shades of blue, teal, and gold, combine in breathtaking beauty. From the creators of the equally reassuring You’re Safe with Me (2018), this is a heartwarming tribute to creatures of the Arctic that offers a gentle ecology lesson as well: “We should only ever take what we need.” — Maryann Owen, ALA Booklist, STARRED

‘Parental love, sound ecological advice, and breathtaking illustrations all in one.’ – Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

‘The book is a tribute to environmental awareness and cultivating a healthy respect for the fierce beauty of the frozen North. Golden hues mix with shades of indigo to depict a celestial polar sky and the diverse creatures living under it.’ Foreword Reviews, STARRED

‘A heart-warming story of polar bears in the frozen north, with themes of family and the environment. A companion title to You’re Safe With Me, and Editor’s Choice in my May preview, this showcases the same intricate Indian-inspired art’ – Fiona Noble, Editor’s Choice – Children’s Previews (November), The Bookseller

‘A perfect blend of wise words and stunning pictures that draws us right in close to the eternal bond between a mother and her children.’ – David Bedford, author of Birdy and Bou

‘Exhilarates and informs while imparting parental wisdom and love through the eyes of a child. A lovely book!’ – Floyd Cooper, award-winning author of The Blacker the Berry

‘A stunningly, beautifully illustrated story by the team of author Chitra Sounder and artist Poonam Mistry, “You’re Snug With Me” is set in the snowy landscapes of the frozen north and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4 to 8.’ – Midwest Book Review

‘Breathtaking artwork and a beautiful story with a gentle environmental theme, this is a book to take in, to ponder, to read while snug with loved ones.’ – Danielle Davis, popular blog This Picture Book Life


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