Translated by Laura WatkinsonAlso available in paperback
Based on a real series of events that happened during World War II, Soldier Bear
tells the story of an orphaned bear cub adopted by a group of Polish soldiers. The bear, Voytek, is enlisted in the company and travels with the soldiers from Iran to Italy, and then on to Scotland. His mischief gets him into trouble along the way, but he also provides some unexpected encouragement for the soldiers amidst the grim realities of war: Voytek learns to carry bombs for the company, saves the camp from a spy, and keeps them constantly entertained with his antics.
Bibi Dumon Tak's powerful and surprising story offers readers a glimpse at a fascinating piece of history.
Read more about Voytek in a blog post from translator Laura Watkinson on EerdWord
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Batchelder Award, Winner (2012)
American Library Association, Notable Children's Books list (2012)
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Honor Book (2012)
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), Choices (2012)
Michigan Reading Association, Great Lakes Great Books Award
United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), Outstanding International Books (2012)