Nelson Bear doesn't listen to his mother when she tells him to stay indoors on a blustery day. And when he creeps outside, clutching onto his yellow umbrella, a gust of wind sweeps him way-way-a-way on a big adventure.
A timeless and classic children's story, Nelson Bear and the Yellow Umbrella was originally written c.1955 by Norfolk Island historian and author, Merval Hoare, for her young daughter, Ann Hoare. It was based on a real bear that Ann owned and loved.
Ann was regularly told the story of Nelson Bear as a child and it became an important childhood memory for her. As an adult, she decided to give Nelson Bear new life, taking the old typewritten pages and showing them to acclaimed Norfolk Island illustrator Tracey Yager.
Yager created a series of sweet and charming illustrations to accompany the story, in which she captured Nelson Bear perfectly. Nelson Bear will now have an opportunity to live beyond the aged pages of a typewritten manuscript, we hope, to be told to children all over the country.