Published by DoCs, NSW, 2006
Written by Samantha Tidy, Illustrated by Ian Forss.

Billy the polar bear has noticed that his father has been behaving strangely lately - why does he like to eat Bluespike Eels when all the other polar bears eat Silvertail fish like Billy? When Father Bear eats a Bluespike Eel, something terrible happens and the other bears have to come and look after him, whilst Billy stays with his auntie. A poignant story for children affected by parental dual diagnosis (mental illness/substance abuse).

A commissioned book, to assist Australian children aged 5 - 7 with parental dual diagnosis (mental illness/substance abuse), transition towards understanding and acceptance.

Read The Blue Polar Bear online by clicking here.

Until recently, you could order this book for free from Family and Community Services, NSW. You are welcome to contact them and ask whether you may be able to still attain a copy on (02) 9377 6000 or email them directly at 

If you can't get a hardcopy that way, note they seem to pop up on eBay frequently.