A Bear in War by Harry Endrulat

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Teddy belonged to ten-year-old Aileen Rogers, whose father Lawrence left Aileen, her little brother Howard, and his wife Janet home on the family farm in Quebec when he went to war. Janet and Lawrence exchanged more than 200 letters during his service. Aileen and Howard also wrote their dad — and Aileen sent her beloved Teddy overseas to help protect him. Sadly, Lawrence died at the battle of Passchendaele. In 2002, his granddaughter Roberta Innes found Teddy and the letters in an old family briefcase. Her findings uncovered how a Canadian family’s strength was tested by war and how a small stuffed bear became an enduring memento of their love. Sensitive text by Harry Endrulat and Roberta’s daughter Stephanie, and Brian Deines’ lovely illustrations bring this unusual story of love and war to life.

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Brian Deines is a well-known, award-winning illustrator of children's books, including A Bear in War, Sky Sisters, Bear on the Train, Caribou Song and Dragon Fly Kites, the last of which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Illustration and nominated for the Schwartz Children's Literature Award. Brian resides in Toronto.
Published April 1, 2009 by Key Porter Books. 40 pages
Genres: History, War, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 1916, ten-year-old Aileen Rogers sent her father, a medic in the trenches of Belgium, her own small teddy bear as a Christmas gift.

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