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Soldier Bear Bibi Dumon Tak Illustrated by Philip Hopman Eerdmans Children/Young Readers BIC Code: YFB ISBN-13: 978 0 8028 5375 2 144pp HB 5.25“ x 8.5” (135mm x 215mm) Price: £8.99 October 2011

The inspiring story of Voytek the Soldier Bear

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Tells the story of an orphaned bear cub, Voytek, adopted by a group of Polish soldiers during World War II Voytek travels with the soldiers from Iran to Italy, and then onto Scotland Along the way Voytek’s mischief gets him into trouble, but he also provides some unexpected encouragement for the soldiers amidst the reality of war Based on a real series of events Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 European author Memorial plaques for Voytek can be seen at Edinburgh Zoo and the Imperial War Museum, London

Wojtek: The Bear that Went to War has recently been released as a film – narrated by Brian Blessed

Author Bibi Dumon Tak is a Dutch author who has written several non-fiction titles for children.

Related interest A Traitor Among Us Elizabeth Van Steenwyk 978 0 8028 5157 4 • 143pp • PB • £4.99 • 2000 Eva’s Story A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank Eva Schloss 978 0 8028 6495 6 • 240pp • PB • £10.99 • 2010

Soldier Bear  

Information on the new book from Eerdmans Young Readers - follows the story of Voytek, the bear who joined the Polish army