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HARDCOVER; Published: 8/22/2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5375-2
147 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.25 x 8.5

Ages 8-12
Black-and-white illustrations
Lexile: 780L

Out of stock
Translated by Laura Watkinson

Also 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.

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)