A Letter for Bear by David Lucas
  

A Letter for Bear

Written by David Lucas
Illustrated by

Synopsis

A Letter for Bear by David Lucas

-As remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator.---Publishers WeeklyPoor Bear, who will send him a letter? Come rain or shine, he works so hard delivering the post to all the animals of the wood but he never receives anything himself. Hardly surprising since he's never actually sent a message! One day Bear decides to write some mail of his own, inviting all the forest animals to a party.David Lucas is a well-loved British illustrator and writer whose fairy tales and folk stories have enchanted children and adults for years.

Reviews

A Letter for Bear earned a Kirkus Star -A wintry, holiday read much like a gingerbread house: slightly slanted, but poignant, sweet, soul-warming and studded with delicious details that warrant close inspection.- - Kirkus Book Reviews -The gentle story is more a general tribute to friendship and connection than a paean to the Christmas holiday. Young children who are new to the process of making friends will find this story particularly heart-warming. It is a title to read together, again and again.- - Childrens Literature -My favourite Christmassy book this year by quite a long way!- - Library Mice, Faboulous Five Christmas Ideas,

About the Author

David Lucas

David Lucas - As a child

"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my Mum was a teacher and my Dad worked in the steel works. I am the third of six brothers, and as children we were all dressed the same - same haircut, same jeans, same jumpers. When I was five years old we came to London (my Dad had decided to go to Art College) and at first we lived in a tent before moving to a council flat in Hackney. My parents both loved nature so I often spent holidays exploring forests and wandering on the moors in Yorkshire or by the seashore. I loved ruins and castles too - magical, haunted places. I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and fairytales and folklore and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters."

As an adult

"I live in east London, close to where I grew up, beside Victoria Park. My home is full of strange old books - books of magic spells and secret alphabets and half forgotten legends. I collect old toys too, and colourful folk art and carvings of scary tribal gods with staring eyes. I've always liked fancy dress parties - it's fun pretending to be someone you're not - and I enjoy being on my own in nature - I love places where I can escape the modern world and imagine I'm living centuries ago. I just feel very lucky to be able to make my living from writing stories and making pictures and mostly I live a very quiet life."

As an artist

"I believe the world is alive with magic - and it's that feeling that really inspires my work. My drawing is picture-writing - I never draw from life - I make patterns, as if I were knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too - putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale. I spend the mornings writing, looking out onto the park, listening to the birds singing and the canal boats chugging past. I paint and draw in my studio near London Fields. As well as making picture books I'm also working on an illustrated fantasy novel."

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Book Info

Format

Hardback

Author

David Lucas
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Author's Website

www.davidlucas.org.uk/

Publisher

Flying Eye Books

Publication date

1st November 2013

ISBN

9781909263130


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