In 1916, at the height of the First World War, a Canadian teddy bear travelled all the way to France in a care package destined for Lieutenant Lawrence Browning Rogers — a gift from his ten-year-old daughter, Aileen. When Teddy returned from the front lines, more than a year later, he did so alone: Lieutenant Rogers, along with many other Canadian soldiers, died at the battle of Passchendaele.
Today, Teddy resides in a glass display case at the Canadian War Museum — one of the most beloved exhibits in the building. In A Bear in War, Stephanie Innes (Lawrence’s great-granddaughter) and Harry Endrulat tell Teddy’s remarkable story. The tale is brought to life through Brian Deines’ poignant art, resulting in a powerful, moving piece of literature — a picture book destined to become a Canadian classic.
Stephanie Innes is the great-granddaughter of Lawrence Browning Rogers. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Harry Endrulat has written numerous books for the Max & Ruby series (based on the popular show on Treehouse TV). He lives with his wife and children in Southern Ontario.
Brian Deines is a well-known, award-winning illustrator of children’s books, including Sky Sisters, Bear on the Train, Caribou Song and Dragon Fly Kites. Deines resides in Toronto.