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Third Polar Bear Inspires Children’s Novel

The third polar bear, which never came ashore in Iceland this summer but many people thought they had spotted, inspired Icelandic author Thorgrímur Thráinsson to write a children’s novel on the subject.

“I was on the trail of the polar bears when both of them swam ashore [in June],” Thráinsson told Morgunbladid. The author had been in Skagaströnd in northwest Iceland at a time, working on a movie script.

In his book, Thráinsson discusses the hysteria caused by the polar bears. “While everyone is talking about cuddly teddies and animal protection a polar bear suddenly turns up in Reykjavík and then it is not as cute as many people would like to believe.”

In Thridji ísbjörninn by Thráinsson, which will be published next fall, the third polar bear steals the lunch pack of the main characters, young children, who outsmart the bear by locking him up in a trailer.

The polar bear is then driven to the capital where Reykjavík residents are given a chance to meet the elusive polar bear at last.

Thráinsson not only writes children’s books and movie scripts. Last Christmas he released the self-help book How Do You Make Your Wife Happy.

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