The Bear's Winter House by John Yeoman, Quentin Blake

The Bear's Winter House

Written by John Yeoman, Quentin Blake

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A warm-hearted story full of kindness tells how Bear shares his cosy winter house with all the other animals – even though they had all laughed at him while he built it. Sensible bear builds himself a lovely shelter so that he can enjoy a quiet sleep in the winter. But, when all the other animals decide to share it too, Bear has little chance to sleep… Quentin Blake’s illustrations capture the seasonal feel of the story and show long-suffering and charming Bear welcoming all.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. Quentin Blake was shortlisted for the award for 2010.


The Bear's Winter House by John Yeoman, Quentin Blake

The bear is behaving very strangely indeed: collecting moss, logs and branches to build a winter house. The other animals think this is silly, and laugh at him, but when winter comes, bear is cosy in his winter house while the other animals suffer in the cold. Being a very kind bear, he invites the others in. Unfortunately for the bear, they are too excited to sleep, and it seems he will get no rest at all this winter! But when spring arrives, he finds a solution.


Charming winter tale. The Bookseller Quentin Blake's illustrations are, as ever, delightful and full of loveable characters. Child Education Delightful, gentle and warm-hearted story which the pictures and colouring match absolutely. School Librarian Perfect for talking about sharing, seasons and friendship. Early Years Educator

About the Author

John Yeoman (pictured) is the author of A Drink of Water, which was the very first children's book Quentin Blake illustrated. Since then, Yeoman has teamed up with Quentin Blake on many other children's books.

Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and has been drawing ever since he can remember. His first drawing was published in Punch when he was only 16. He studied English at Downing College, Cambridge, and after that he did a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London. This was followed by a part-time course at Chelsea Art School.

Quentin has received many awards for his books including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Children's Book Award, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Regazzi Prize and the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, which is the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books.

He is also famous for illustrating books for other authors, including Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen and Russell Hoban. But he is most famous for the illustrations he did for Roald Dahl's books.

Quentin Blake was awarded the O.B.E. in 1988, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children's Laureate. This position, which he held for two years, saw him undertaking lots of ambitious projects in his quest to spread the word about the exciting world of children's books.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. Quentin Blake has been shortlisted for the award, the winner of which will be announced in March 2010.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2009




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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