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The Legend of Sleeping Bear

Michigan State Children's Book

Book cover of "The Legend of Sleeping Bear"  (image is published here under fair use principle; educational, nonprofit). All Arts & Drama Symbols

Official State Children's Book of Michigan

Michigan designated "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, as the official state children's book in 1998. All Art & Culture Symbols

"The Legend of Sleeping Bear" is the story of a mother’s eternal devotion to her young. The book is based on a native American legend of the creation of the Dunes and Islands at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The South Manitou Island "cub" is resting nearby the "momma bear" (the Sleeping Bear Dunes). The cub's sibling (the North Manitou Island) sits close-by to the northeast.