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Bella and Jingles
by Donna Seim
Illustrated by Susan Spellman
Bella and Jingles is about a little girl named Bella who travels with her scientist parents to Alaska to study climate change. A baby polar bear becomes separated from her mother during a blizzard and seeks shelter in their barn. Efforts are made to find the mother but there is not a trace. Bella names the bear, Jingles, and begins to feed and care for her. Bella tries to teach Jingles how to fish and they become trapped on an ice floe heading for the middle of the bay. An Inuit boy and his father save Bella and Jingles and bring them to their hunting village. While they are visiting inside the igloo, Jingles returns to the bay there he finds his mother and twin cub swimming toward him. They are reunited, and Bella, tearfully, has to let go of her friend, Jingles. She loses one friend but gains a new one, his name is Nanuq. He tells her his name means polar bear in Inuit. The story ends happily with Bella and Nanuq sailing across the snowy tundra on a dog sled.
About the Author
Donna Seim is the award-winning author of two children’s picture books and two middle grade readers. Where is Simon, Sandy? is set on the island of Grand Turk. It is the story of a little donkey that wouldn’t quit. Satchi and Little Star is the story of an island girl who tries to catch and tame a wild horse. Hurricane Mia is an adventure story of a young girl who sets out to find the tea that cures everything. Charley, set in 1910, is based on a true story of a streetwise city boy from Boston who, after being abandoned, finds himself taken in by a dairy farming family in rural Maine. Charley has inspired a stage play, which has been performed twice. Donna is a graduate from The Ohio State University with a BSSW in the field of social welfare. She holds a MA in Special Education from Lesley University. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna lives in Newbury, Massachusetts, with her husband, Martin, and her dog, Rags. You can see more of her work at www.donnaseim.com.
About the Illustrator
Susan Spellman started her art career as a staff illustrator at a film-strip company. She then began a career as an illustrator of children’s books and magazines such as Highlights for Children. She has illustrated more than thirty books to date, winning multiple national and regional awards and has also illustrated five additional books by Donna Marie Seim.
Susan is an art instructor at the Newburyport Art Association (NAA) specializing in drawing and watercolor and a visiting artist to schools and art organizations throughout New England. While continuing to work in illustration as a career, Susan has also increasingly focused on her interest in fine arts, exhibiting paintings in numerous regional galleries and art organizations throughout the North Shore. She is a member of the “Newburyport 10 Plein Air Painters,” and of the Newburyport Art Association. She has a studio in Newburyport, where she lives with her husband Jay McGovern. Her work can be viewed at: www.spellmancollection.com. She has illustrated five previous titles by Donna Seim.