Kali, Polar Bear at the Saint Louis Zoo
Ray Meibaum

A serialized story, “Kali: A Polar Bear’s Tale,” that began in the Jan. 20-21 weekend issue of The Missourian, tells the story of how an orphaned polar bear cub in Alaska came to the Saint Louis Zoo.

Carolyn Mueller, author of several children’s books and five Newspaper In Education serialized stories, will share more of Kali’s story in two special presentations at Neighborhood Reads bookstore in Washington Thursday, Feb 1 and 8, at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

This year’s Newspaper In Education story is especially close to Mueller’s heart — she is one of the Zoo’s carnivore keepers who care for Kali (pronounced Cully). The bear has been a beloved addition to the Saint Louis Zoo since he arrived in 2015.

The eight-chapter serialized story will appear in the weekend Missourian through the March 10-11 issue. A companion teaching guide can be found on the Missourian In Education page at www.emissourian.com.

“Kali: A Polar Bear’s Tale” is the fifth story Mueller has written for Missouri newspaper readers. Her other stories include last year’s “Jim the Wonder Dog,” “Night at the Capitol,” “The Gashouse Gang,” and “Lily’s Story,” about the rescue dog who helped in the aftermath of the 2011 Joplin tornado. The stories have been published in The Missourian each January as part of the annual Reading Across Missouri Project of the Missouri Press Foundation.

Mueller also has written five children’s books, and is a contributing author to the newly released “Missouri Almanac 2018-19.” Copies of some of her books are available at Neighborhood Reads and she will be signing books after her presentation.

To learn more about Mueller, visit www.carolynelizabethmueller.com. To learn more about Kali and McDonnell Polar Bear Point, where he lives at the Saint Louis Zoo, visit www.stlzoo.org.