The Story of the Town Bear and Forest Bear
Thought to be the first children's book in Tlingit.
UAS Assistant Professor of English Ernestine Hayes has written what is thought to be the first children's book in Tlingit.
“The Story of the Town Bear and Forest Bear” was translated into Tlingit by Ethel Makinen and Littlefield. Wanda Loescher Culp, of Hoonah, illustrated the book.
The book tells the story of a visit by the Town Bear to see his cousin Forest Bear in the wilds, in a variation of “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.” Forest Bear then joins Town Bear for an adventure in town. They compare the food, challenges and dangers of their respective environs.