Tiny Nora works hard to become strong so that she can capture the Great Bear--about which heroic, scary stories are told on winter evenings. But when she finally is allowed to join the annual hunt, the bear isn't even sighted. Then Nora wanders off alone and does indeed find the beautiful, awe-inspiring creature--who leads her back to her friends, without leaving tracks in the snow. Despite their fierce-sounding quest, Krause's pen-and-watercolor illustrations picture Nora and the other ""villagers"" as gentle, amiable folk, dwarfed by the giant, mist-softened forest. An intriguing, thought-engendering story that takes place less in the real world than in the imagination.