Nicolas' first picture book in which the text is his too, turns out to be a bearish dream sequence, marvellous, funny and sad. Siegfried, one of three polar bears in a zoo who have been dreaming of the north, is chosen by the others to escape and see if he can find Bear's Land. He does but instead of a nice snowy place, Siegfried comes across a glittering mansion in a forest, chuck full of bears. Delighted, Siegfried enters and is crowned king. But he discovers the other bears are people at a masquerade party, and he must return to the zoo and his dreaming. Blue and yellow spreads show peculiarities of polars and people to advantage. Weak stitching.