A Bear in War by Stephanie InnesA Bear in War by Stephanie Innes

A Bear in War

byStephanie Innes, Harry EndrulatIllustratorBrian Deines

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

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In 1915, 37-year-old Lawrence Browning Rogers enlisted in the Fifth Canadian Mounted Rifles, leaving behind his wife, two children, and their farm in East Farnham, Quebec. Over the next two and a half years, the family exchanged hundreds of letters, and daughter Aileen sent her beloved Teddy overseas to keep her father safe. Teddy returned home safely, but Lieutenant Rogers did not. He was killed in the battle of Passchendaele. Eighty-five years later, Lawrence's granddaughter found Teddy, the letters, and other war memorabilia packed away in a briefcase. And she discovered a moving story of one family's love and sacrifice - a story shared by the families of so many soldiers who have lost their lives in the defense of their country. Accompanied by family photographs and Brian Deine's poignant art, A Bear in War is more than one family's testament to a brave soldier. It is a gentle introduction to war, to Remembrance Day, and to the honor of those who have served their countries.
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...
Title:A Bear in WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 10.3 × 9.35 × 0.4 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Pajama Press Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927485126

ISBN - 13:9781927485125


Rated 5 out of 5 by from WWI story Go see the real bear if you're ever in Ottawa - he's at the War Museum. Sad, sweet story for Remembrance Day.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching Really liked this book when I read it for a reading club when I was little. Meaningful story with great impact.
Date published: 2017-01-24

Read from the Book

Christmas came and Daddy was still overseas. Mother said he was fighting in the trenches in a country called Belgium. In his letters he said he was cold and tired and missed us terribly."We need to send him something, Teddy," said Aileen. "Something to remind him of home and keep him safe."We thought for a long time. What should we send him? A book? A picture? Then, finally, we both had the same idea.I would go to war.

Editorial Reviews

About A Bear in War2013 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection2012 Resource Links "The Year's Best"2010 Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book2009 Canadian Children's Literature Roundtables Information Book Award finalist"The history, the illustrations, and the story itself combine to make a wonderful testimonial to a family who made the greatest sacrifice for their country in World War I."—School Library Journal"Based on debut author Innes' family history, this moving picture book, co-authored by Endrulat, blurs the border between fiction and nonfiction as it tells the story of Innes' great-grandfather, a Canadian soldier killed in the trenches of World War I."—Booklist"[Deines] brings both a sense of intimacy (Aileen's hands putting Teddy in a box) and universality (an iconic soldier vanishing in a field of poppies) to the text. A lovely book..."—Kirkus Reviews"...Innes and Endrulat do not shield the reader from the sadness war brings but choose to demonstrate it with tremendous sensitivity. Deines' exquisite oil paintings beautifully couple the innocence and sensitivity that Innes and Endrulat create...Simply put, A Bear in War is a story that parents must read to their children. Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine"This book is highly recommend for school and public libraries and should be a great choice to share with young readers on November 11...Gently told through the voice of the teddy bear it provides some insight into life during war time for a group of young readers."—Resource Links Magazine"[Books about war] need not be graphic in their treatment of the subject. Sometimes, subtlety carries more weight, especially if it evokes emotions that even the young can identify with and relate to...A Bear in War is based on real-life incidents, but the way Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat relate them makes for a story with wide-ranging appeal."—Montreal Gazette"[A] timeless and touching love story told from the perspective of a girl's teddy bear."—Canadian Living"It's tough telling a story to children about someone dying in battle but somehow A Bear in War manages to do so in a way that is gentle, fascinating and educational. Our savvy testers (who included teachers and children) found themselves wanting to read the story again and again. It's a wonderful addition to the learning resources for Remembrance Day and the story and the beautiful illustrations provide a great tool to help parents talk to their children about war, service to country, and losing a loved one."—SavvyMom"This remarkable book will give children a sense of what it was like living on the home front...it serves as a tribute to the young men who left their homes and families to serve in WWI. It also shows to get effect that people left at home had to have courage too."—Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews"[A] powerful, moving piece of literature – a picture book destined to become a Canadian classic."—Oak Bay News