Cinnamon Bear Comes to Town is a book written by Jasperite Liz Olsen, illustrated by local artist Rico (Satoko Naito) and inspired by the "market bear" that climbed a tree outside the Farmer's Market last summer. The story is guided by research on early childhood development and focuses on areas that have been shown to improve lifelong health, learning, relationships and well-being.
The book was produced by the Community and Family Services department following discussions at an Early Childhood Collaborative Action Team (CAT) meeting about ways to encourage parents to engage in positive activities with their children.
The CFS department and Early Childhood CAT hope that the story, artwork and activities in this book inspire families with young children to delight in the wonders of childhood and parenthood and to enjoy the splendour of nature -- in Jasper National Park or any outdoor space.
Proceeds from book sales will support the Child and Youth Participation Fund. The fund is a tool used by Community Outreach Workers to remove small, but significant barriers that prevent local children and youth from participating in extracurricular activities. Outreach Workers can apply to the fund to help a client with the cost of anything from a pair of cleats to registration fees for an arts program.
Cinnamon Bear Comes to Town is on sale now in local stores. Keep an eye out for posters in the windows of participating retailers.