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The Climbers

"A gentle yet soaring story from Ali Standish.”
-The Guardian

The Guardian's "Best Children's Book of the Month" Selection

Illustrated by Alette Straathof

You can see more of her work here.

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"Perhaps, Alma thought, love and courage were often the very same thing."


Lonely Alma longs to explore the lush forest that surrounds her narrow town. One night, she sets off into the trees and finds a frightened bear cub. The two become best friends but not everyone is so welcoming. Alma is forced to make a difficult choice and together she and Star Bear set off on a journey of discovery in search of a place to call home.

A lyrical, thought-provoking tale about a tender friendship that triumphs over fear.

Educator's Guide for The Climbers

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