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Thor the Walrus, A Story You Will Never Thaw-get-bookcover

By: Valerie McGurk

Thor the Walrus, A Story You Will Never Thaw-get

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The water is getting warmer, and the ice cap is melting. Thor, the walrus, is at risk of losing his homeland.

Thor lives in the seasonally ice-covered waters of the Arctic Circle with his mother, his friends, and the elders. The ice is brittle and breaks easily. Thor hears the elders talk about climate change and wonders what it means. Being named after the god of thunder, Thor decides he is a brave walrus who will one day embark on an adventure to explore far-off lands to find out more. One night, the ice breaks, and Thor floats away, leaving his mother, his friends, the elders, and his homeland behind. Thor’s adventure has begun.

As he enters warmer waters, his floating iceberg gradually melts until it disappears. Thor is on his own and swims for hours, looking for food and a place to rest. He visits coastal villages and a herring festival where the air is thick with the smell of fish. Every time Thor stops to rest and regain his strength, a crowd gathers, and Thor wonders why. He feels lost and alone, listening to the crowds. People were excited to see him. Men in orange coats kept the crowds at bay, but Thor was never far from the water’s edge and would grunt if people came too near. He kept hearing the words ‘global warming,’ ‘climate,’ and ‘change.’

If people didn’t act, his homeland would be lost. Thor decided that his journey could make a difference. While he majestically and playfully showed himself off, he hoped that Thor the walrus would never be thaw-forgotten.

Valerie discovered a love of storytelling when she began making up stories to her young sons and developed her communications working as a nurse for more than 40 years, specialising in paediatrics.

An avid reader, Valerie understands the importance of reading to children and spent time in a primary school as a volunteer and a school governor. She enjoyed following Thor on his epic journey and was intrigued by the interest shown by the public.

Thor the Walrus, A Story You Will Never Thaw-get is Valerie’s first book. She wanted to recreate his travels in a story appealing to younger readers as well as getting everyone to think about climate change and its affects, not only on people but also to animals and wildlife.

Valerie believes reading can be an escape or an adventure and hopes people of all ages will share her joy at reading about Thor’s travels.

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