Magical Arctic Animals

During my research for the writing of my second novel, Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, I learned a lot about the Arctic. Called the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” for its two month summer period of continuous light – it is a harsh, frozen environment with longer periods of total darkness and subzero temperatures.

Despite this, it is a place that is teeming with life in the sky, on land and in its waters. I’ve already told you about the Arctic’s biggest predator, which is also a main character in my novel – the polar bear. But there are many other amazing animals I found out about, and some of them appear in my book as well.

While watching the TV series Wildest Arctic, a nature documentary on the Arctic Circle, I learned that Svalbard, Norway is home to more polar bears than people. The winter is harsh, with no sunlight for months at a time and temperatures at 20 below 0. In addition to polar bears, there are many animals on land, in the air and in the sea – many of them being prey for the polar bears. Arctic sea animals include Beluga and Bowhead Whales, Orca, Walruses, Seals (the seals are the polar bear’s main source of food) and Narwhals.

A sea bird you can find in Greenland is the Arctic Tern. You can also see the Snowy Owl. On land there are Hares, Foxes, Caribou, Lynx, Lemmings, Wolves and Wolverines.

All of these animals, not just the polar bears, are in danger from the effects of global warming, hunting, polluted water and land. Please visit the World Wildlife Foundation website to learn how you can help Arctic conservation & animal protection efforts.

As I said above, some of these amazing Arctic animals have found a home within my Bear Kingdom story. Because my story is a fantasy, I have given them some magical traits – but their characters are based on the real animals that can be found in the Arctic today. Will they help Suzie, Jack, Liam & Elena on their dangerous quest in Bear Kingdom? Or will they hurt them? I’m excited to share this new adventure with you soon!

Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, the second exciting adventure in The Dream Chronicles series, will be available on Amazon December 15, 2017.


-Wildest Arctic (TV series, Netflix, 2012).

-Polar Bears and the Arctic: Magic Tree House Research Guide by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (Random House NY 2007).

Children’s Book Review: The Wish Trap (Star Friends, Book 2) 

The Wish Trap, written by Linda Chapman & illustrated by Lucy Fleming, is an enchanting story that mixes childhood adventure with fantasy. Readers will delight in the magical animals and whimsical illustrations. Its description rings true – this is a book that will be enjoyed by fans of both the Rainbow Magic series and other magical adventures for young readers.

The second book in the Star Friends series, it follows friends Maia, Ionie, Lottie & Sita as they discover their increasing magical powers as Star Friends. Star Animals are magical animals that come from Star World, and once they have made a human friend, their magic can flow between them in order to do good and stop others who are using bad magic. Promoting acts of kindness in children’s literature is always a positive experience for both readers and parents, and using both magic and animals to do so is so much fun!

Maia, Ionie, Lottie & Sita successfully battled a Shade (an evil spirit that brings chaos & unhappiness) in the first adventure – and they will need to work together again to solve a dangerous mystery in The Wish Trap. This time, the members of the gym team are mysteriously getting hurt – and the girls suspect that a Shade is behind the accidents.

While the story itself is fun and the characters charming, the illustrations are gorgeous and really brought the book to life. I was familiar with Lucy Fleming’s art through Instagram, but this was the first time I’ve seen her work displayed in a children’s book. Her dreamy, whimsical style fits the Star Friends perfectly. Young readers, particularly girls around my own daughter’s age – will be happy to have The Wish Trap in their libraries.

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you for visiting Space to Dream! Have a magical day.  -Stacie

Stacie Eirich is a writer as well as an avid reader & book reviewer. She holds a Masters Degree in English Studies from Illinois State University. She has published four books of poetry and a children’s novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. She lives north of New Orleans, and is currently writing her second children’s novel.

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