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PAPERBACK; Published: 9/26/2013
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5436-0
Price: $ 9.00
147 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.25 x 8.5

Ages 4-12
Lexile: 780L

Translated by Laura Watkinson

Winner of the 2012 Batchelder Award

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 in Iran. The soldiers raise the bear and eventually enlist him as a soldier to ensure that he stays with the company. He travels with them from Iran to Italy, and then on to Scotland. Voytek's mischief gets him into trouble along the way, but he also provides some unexpected encouragement for the soldiers amidst the reality of war: Voytek learns to carry bombs for the company, saves the camp from a spy, and keeps them constantly entertained with his antics.

Always powerful and surprising, Bibi Dumon Tak's story offers readers a glimpse at this fascinating piece of history.

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)