Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
A beautiful, beguiling tale about adapting to change and finding your place. Especially comforting during this time of social distancing and uncertainty about the future.
"Imaginative and poetically resonant." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Considers nature's way of connecting us to ourselves and to others...poetically expresses feelings of dislocation, vulnerability, and strength." -- Quill & Quire, starred review
Oh, to be a bear in the forest! To rest and play, day after day, always feeling safe and at home. But when change fills the air, and it's time to journey into a different kind of wilderness, will it ever feel the same?
This sensitively imagined story illuminates the difficult transitions we all must face as we learn how to be at home in the world.
About the author
Irene Luxbacher a obtenu son diplôme d'histoire de l'art à l'université Queen's avant d'étudier au Emily Carr College of Art and Design à Vancouver, en Colombie Britannique. En 1994, elle est revenue à Toronto où elle coordonne des expositions d'arts d'enfants en plus d'écrire et d'illustrer des livres dans ce domaine. On lui doit la collection Mes premières oeuvres.
Irene Luxbacher was nominated for the Governor General's Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen's The Imaginary Garden and its sequel The Not-So-Faraway Adventure. She has illustrated several other picture books, and her own Deep Underwater, Mattoo, Let’s Play!, and Mr. Frank, as well as eight acclaimed children’s art activity books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at ireneluxbacher.com.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Praise for Once I Was a Bear:
"[Encourages] the appreciation of one's own story and recognizing different experiences of loss and change. Imaginative and poetically resonant." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Irene Luxbacher's new picture book considers nature's way of connecting us to ourselves and to others...Transitions, transformations, and distinctive perspectives are elegantly evoked in Luxbacher's signature watercolour, acrylic, and collage illustrations. The text poetically expresses feelings of dislocation, vulnerability, and strength... Inspired by Luxbacher's son, who is on the autism spectrum, Once I Was a Bear tenderly asks the deeply personal yet universal question, "Would others understand me?"" -- Quill & Quire, starred review