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My Father is a Polar Bear

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Felicita Sala

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Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

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 M.B.E

My Father is a Polar Bear Synopsis

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.

My Father is a Polar Bear Press Reviews

“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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ISBN: 9781406365863
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781406365863
Publication date: 1st September 2016
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Felicita Sala
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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