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.