A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes

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In 1915, thirty-seven-year-old Lawrence Browning Rogers enlisted in the Fifth Canadian Mounted Rifles, leaving behind his wife, two children and their farm in Quebec. Over the next two years, the family exchanged hundreds of letters and sent packages, one of which contained his daughter's beloved Teddy, who would accompany their father and keep him safe. Teddy eventually returned home, but Lieutenant Rogers did not; he was killed on the battlefield. Eighty-five years later, Lawrence's granddaughter found Teddy, the letters and other war memorabilia packed away in a briefcase. And she discovered a moving story of one family's love and sacrifice—a story shared by the families of so many soldiers who have lost their lives in the defense of their country.

Accompanied by family photographs and Brian Deines's poignant art,
A Bear in War is more than one family's testament to a brave soldier. It is a gentle introduction to war, to Memorial Day and to the honor of those who have died serving their countries.


About Stephanie Innes

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Brian Deines, a graduate from the Alberta College of Art, is a well-known illustrator of children's books, including Sky Sisters and Bear on the Train. He has illustrated a trilogy with author Tomson Highway, and both the first book, Caribou Song, as well as the second, Dragon Fly Kites, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Illustration and nominated for the Schwartz Children's Literature Award. Deines resides in Toronto.
Published April 1, 2009 by Key Porter Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 1–3—Aileen was a 10-year-old Canadian whose father fought in Europe during World War I. She had a small teddy bear that she treasured and carried with her everywhere until she sent it to her father in Belgium, where he served as a medic. He carried Teddy with him, just as his daughter had. In ...

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