Homer's Big Adventure / written by Arthur W. Kendall, Jr ; illustrated by Holly Barton.
In the spring of 2019 Northwest Washington, and particularly the San Juan Islands were abuzz with rumors and reports that a bear had been seen in the islands. This was a very unusual occurrence and it generated a lot of public interest. Eventually enough reports came in from the islands, including photos showing the bear at backyard bird feeders that people including the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department realized that a bear really was in the area. It kept moving from one island to another, apparently swimming between them. Sometimes that meant swimming several miles. People soon realized that it was all the same he had a distinctive patch of white fur on his chest. Even though he was close to people during his travels, he never caused any real he never got into garbage cans or tore things up. The press ran several articles in the newspapers about him, and he was even covered by TV news. Eventually he swam back to the mainland and was then caught by wildlife agents and released into the forests in the mountains where he had probably originated. Here is a children's story about this bear and his imaginary adventures during his long and unusual trip.