Cub's Big World

by Sarah L. Thomson and Joe Cepeda

In this picture book about exploring the big snowy world, a tiny polar bear learns that she can be brave—especially with Mom close by.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544057395
  • ISBN-10: 0544057392
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 11/05/2013
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

Cub knows all about the familiar world in the snow den where she was born. When she follows Mom out of their den, tumbling into the Arctic wilderness, she finds that the world under the wide blue sky is big, big, BIG! It’s easy to be curious when there’s so much to explore—and when Mom is nearby. But when she thinks she’s all alone, can Cub be brave?

With spare, lyrical words and paintings that are both dramatic and intimate, Cub’s Big World tells a tender story of new experiences, homecoming, and the love between a parent and child.

About the author
Sarah L. Thomson

Sarah L. Thomson is a former children's book editor who now writes books for young readers from her home in Maine.

Joe Cepeda

Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of many vibrant and popular picture books, including The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison and Cub's Big World by Sarah L. Thomson. He lives in Southern California.


"Thomson's personification of Mom and Cub, along with her measured, soothing text, make for an agreeable, affirming story for both one-on-one and group sharing."


"The suspense is toddler-perfect, with Mom appearing the moment it all become's too much. . . Lap-sit ready, with a built-in hug at the end."

The Horn Book Magazine

"Thomson's calm voice makes it clear that Mom's absence is only temporary, so readers can snuggle up and relish this big polar world, gorgeously and inventively imagined."

Publishers Weekly

"A great deal of warmth permeates this lovely story of the cold arctic and a polar bear cub's first exploration outside the cave in which he was born. . . A nice addition to collections for the youngest tots."


"Vivid but not flowery, gentle but exciting, Thomson's measured voice expertly captures the wonder and fear of a young child exploring unfamiliar territory alone. . . . Cub's Big World is a big must-have."

School Library Journal