Wish again as Anja’s adventure continues

A family affair

Book review by Tove Andersson

The Polar Bear Wish

Book cover: The Polar Bear Wish

The story of the little elf that became the main character from The New York Times bestseller The Christmas Wish continues. This year The Polar Bear Wish is out.

The Christmas Wish is a photographic fairy tale from Norway. Inspired by his native Norway and his daughter, Anja, award-winning photographer Per Breiehagen, who grew up in Ål, a small mountain town in southern Norway, created a series of images of Anja dressed in traditional Norwegian clothing and Sámi reindeer shoes. It was his Christmas cards, made for friends and family, that became the Christmas Wish series that captured the world.

The Polar Bear Wish

Photo: juritzen forlag
The “Wish” series of photographic fairy tales set in a Norwegian winter wonderland is a family affair, with Per Breiehagen as photographer, Lori Evert as author, and daughter Anja as star.

Lori Evert, Anja’s mother, was so inspired by the beauty and magic of the image of Anja and the reindeer that she wrote a story to go with the pictures. The family then created more pictures to illustrate the story.

Breiehagen started early, as his father was a photographer. His passion for outdoor activities and landscape photography has led to assignments around the world, including shoots at the North Pole, Greenland, and Antarctica. Born and raised in Norway, his childhood had centered on Nordic fairytales and lore.

The baby polar bear

Another winter has come and Anja, her cousin Erik, and her new puppy, Birki, are excited to explore the snow on their dogsled.

But on their journey, a great blizzard strands the travelers, and a lost baby polar bear comes to their tent looking for help.

Husband-and-wife team Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen bring us back to their classic Nordic world in a story illustrated with extraordinary photographs, once again.

“Wish” books:

  • The Christmas Wish
  • The Tiny Wish
  • The Reindeer Wish
  • The Brave Little Puppy
  • The Puppy’s Wish

This article originally appeared in the December 28, 2018, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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Tove Andersson

Tove Andersson is a freelance journalist who writes about travel and culture. She conducts interviews for the street magazine Oslo while writing poetry and fiction. Jeg heter Navnløs (My name is nameless) was published in 2020. Her website is www.frilanskatalogen.no/frilanstove, and she can be reached at tove.andersson@skrift.no.