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A Bear in War

by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat, illustrated by Brian Deines

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toys, dolls & puppets, military & wars, multigenerational
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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Hardcover
published: Sep 2008
ISBN:9781554700974
publisher: Key Porter Books
Description

Shortlisted for the 2010 Silver Birch Award

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 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. Small and brown and nothing at all like a modern stuffed bear, Teddy has an amazing story to tell. In 2002 Lawrence's granddaughter, Roberta Rogers Innes, found Teddy, the letters and other war memorabilia inside a large family briefcase. As she delved deeper, Roberta discovered how a Canadian family's strength was tested during the First World War and how a tiny bear became an enduring memento of their love.
Now, in A Bear in War, Stephanie Innes (Roberta's daughter) and Harry Endrulat share Teddy's remarkable story--from his life in East Farnham, Quebec, and his voyage overseas to his eventual journey home. Each chapter in Teddy's tale is brought to life through Brian Deines' poignant art. The result is a powerful, moving piece of literature--a picture book destined to become a Canadian classic.

A Bear in War has been nominated for the Vancouver Children's Literature Round Table information Book Award

About the Authors
Stephanie Innes coauthored A Bear in War and Bear on the Homefront using her great-aunt Aileen Rogers' wartime journal, photographs, hundreds of letters, and a stuffed bear named Teddy. A beloved true story that introduces young readers to war gently, A Bear in War was an OLA Silver Birch Express Honour Book and a Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist. Stephanie lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is the senior medical reporter for the Arizona Daily Star.
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Stephanie Innes coauthored A Bear in War and Bear on the Homefront using her great-aunt Aileen Rogers' wartime journal, photographs, hundreds of letters, and a stuffed bear named Teddy. A beloved true story that introduces young readers to war gently, A Bear in War was an OLA Silver Birch Express Honour Book and a Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist. Stephanie lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is the senior medical reporter for the Arizona Daily Star.
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Writer and editor Harry Endrulat is the coauthor of A Bear in War, which was an honour book for both the OLA Silver Birch Express Award and the Children’s Literature Round­tables of Canada Information Book Award, as well as its sequel, Bear on the Homefront. Among others, he has also written numerous books for the Max & Ruby series and The Adventures of Franklin and Friends collection. Harry lives with his family in Southern Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 10
Grade:
k to 4

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A Bear in War

Discover the true story of how a Canadian family’s strength was tested during World War I and how a tiny stuffed bear named Teddy became an enduring memento of their love. Teddy now lives in a glass display case at the Canadian War Museum and is one of its most beloved exhibits.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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