“Powerful visual stories … Granath and Schäfer’s magnificent bear portraits capture bears being playful, tender, and terrifying … Polar Tales is an eloquent portrayal of a unique place that calls for swift action on climate change”
FOREWORD MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2020
The Arctic is the ground zero of climate change, and the polar bear is on the front line. Filled with groundbreaking photography that reveals the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic and the transformations of the environment through the changing lives of polar bears, this is a firsthand report from the top of our planet.
Polar Tales tells the story of an ice world in transformation and a planet nearing its tipping point--the moment when Earth's climate begins to change irreversibly. This book is both a celebration of the wildlife that inhabits this most unforgiving and beautiful environment imaginable - mountains, fjords, enormous glaciers, and the seemingly endless pack ice of the Arctic Ocean - and a cautionary tale of global warming. Set against the dramatic landscape of ice floes, ragged mountains and the spectacle of the polar night readers see how polar bears, foxes, seals, walruses, and reindeer now struggle to live in this vulnerable climate. Images of a polar bear mother as she takes her newborns out for their first hunt, a seal pup only hours old, and the spectacle of Arctic nature are reminders of what is at risk.
It is about ice. It is about life. It is about all of us.
The Swedish edition was awarded "Book of the year 2020" by the World Wildlife Fund. The jury said:
"First we see the amazing photographs. The seemingly monochrome scenery of the Arctic appears in an incredible variety of color and beauty. But here is also the most important story of our time, about how things we thought were eternal are disappearing. With stylistic elegance, the authors grab the reader already on the first page and keep their grip throughout the entire book. They tell about their love for the polar bear at the same time as they open our eyes to how quickly the North Pole ice is melting, how a frozen continent is dissolving into water. This book is an exquisite tale in images and text. It is a burning testimony about a rapidly changing world.”