My Father is a Polar Bear
Written by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Felicita Sala
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Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, October 2015 Award-winning Michael Morpurgo tells a poignant short story drawing on his own experience about a boy’s search for his missing father. Andrew knows that he has two fathers; the one he lives with and the secret one who is never talked about. When his brother shows him a picture of a polar bear in the Snow Queen and says it is his father he is more confused than ever. But Andrew’s father is an actor. He is the polar bear! Gradually the boys find their way back to their missing father and he becomes part of their lives. Recalling his own childhood as he tells of Andrew’s, Michael Morpurgo sensitively captures a little boy’s sense of loss and confusion as well as his healing acceptance of the situation. ~ Julia Eccleshare
My Father is a Polar Bear by Michael Morpurgo
Look at the polar bears, said Terry. You see that one on the left, the fatter one? That's our dad - our real dad. But you're not to tell.
Drawing on Michael Morpurgo's own childhood experience of first seeing his real father on television, My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers rediscovering their birth father in the most unlikely of places - and in an entirely unexpected guise! A warm and delightful tale of family bonds and love told by a master storyteller and beautifully illustrated by a talented new artist.
“From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in hands of a natural storyteller.” The Guardian
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