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The Good Bear

Written by Sarah Lean

Illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

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The Good Bear Review

Books of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Stories about Animals

A wintry animal story that will warm your heart and take you on an adventure you will never forget.

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2020

Thea’s Christmas visit to Norway to try and connect with her absent father, Henry, looks set to be a disaster. Despite her hopes that her father will understand her yearning to be a writer and her need for a typewriter, Henry seems only interested in his new family and his woodwork. All Thea’s hopes are dashed. How she longs to go home to her mum and all their family Christmas traditions. But when Thea befriends a sleeping bear whom she has disturbed she unleashes a wonderful, wintery adventure. Finding friends who understand her love for the bear and her belief that it is harmless, Thea works out an ambitious plan to confuse the hunters and save the bear. The result is a many layered adventure story of courage, love and imagination. 

You can find more wintry & festive stories in our Best Books for Kids this Christmas collection.


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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for October 2020

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The History of Everything in 32 Pages by Anna Claybourne

What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

Who Makes a Forest by Sally Nicholls

The Good Bear by Sarah Lean

The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell

The Good Bear Synopsis

A celebration of the unspeakable bond between humans and animals that will warm your heart and take you on an adventure you will never forget. From bestselling Sarah Lean, author of A Dog Called Homeless, with illustrations by award-winning Fiona Woodcock.

It's the Christmas holidays and Thea is looking forward to spending them with her father. She can tell him all about her plans to become a writer, and maybe he'll buy her the typewriter she's been dreaming of. But when Thea arrives in Norway, everything feels ... wrong. Her father is as distant as ever and now she has to share him with his new family: his girlfriend Inge and her children.

Then Thea makes a surprise discovery. Deep in the snowy woods by the house, is a bear. He's scared and hungry and he desperately needs Thea's help. When the town hears about a bear living in the woods, Bear's life is in even greater danger. Thea needs to show everyone that he's not dangerous - he's a Good Bear - if she's to save him.

The Good Bear Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

The perfect winter read. Full review

Hermione Chaytors (Age 11)

This is a gorgeous wintry warm loving story that shows that friendship can be found wherever and whenever it is needed. Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 12)

A book that makes you want to read more and not stop. Full review

Angelito Francisco (Age 9)

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ISBN: 9781471194672
Publication date: 15/10/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471194672
Publication date: 15th October 2020
Author: Sarah Lean
Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Animals
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Sarah Lean

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors  Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a pageplanner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with University of Winchester.

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