Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak
  

Soldier Bear

Written by Bibi Dumon Tak
Illustrated by

Synopsis

Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak

Winner of the 2012 Batchelder Award Based on a real series of events that happened during World War II, Soldier Bear tells the story of an orphaned bear cub adopted by a group of Polish soldiers in Iran. The soldiers raise the bear and eventually enlist him as a soldier to ensure that he stays with the company. He travels with them from Iran to Italy, and then on to Scotland. Voytek's mischief gets him into trouble along with way, but he also provides some unexpected encouragement for the soldiers amidst the reality of war: Voytek learns to carry bombs for the company, saves the camp from a spy, and keeps them constantly entertained with his antics. Always powerful and surprising, Bibi Dumon Tak's story offers readers a glimpse at this fascinating piece of history.

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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONSAmerican Library Association, Notable Children's Books list (2012)Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Honor Book (2012)Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), Choices (2012)Michigan Reading Association, Great Lakes Great Books AwardUnited States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), Outstanding International Books(2012)

About the Author

Bibi Dumon Tak is a Dutch author who has written several non-fiction titles for children, beginning with The Cow Book in 2001. In her books, Bibi blends literary technique with fact to produce stories that are both compelling and accurate. Soldier Bear is her first novel based on a historical event. Philip Hopman was born the youngest son of a tulip farmer. But he chose a career in children's books instead of tulips, and he has illustrated more than 150 books since 1988, including Earth to Stella (Clarion) and 22 Orphans (Kane/Miller).

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Book Info

Format

Hardback

Author

Bibi Dumon Tak
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Publisher

William B Eerdmans Publishing Co

Publication date

22nd August 2011

ISBN

9780802853752


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