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Wojtek the Warrior: The little Bear who went to War

Wojtek the Warrior: The little Bear who went to War
 

Based on a true story from World War II, a group of soldiers adopt an orphaned bear and as he grows he is granted an officer's commission. Private Wojtek finds himself helping to carry armaments. There is a happy ending, as the soldiers are reunited with their families and Wojtek... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781910646410
Release Date 1 June 2019 by Old Barn Books
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Pollock, Alan
Illustrated by Thomson, Bryony
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ISBN-13 9781910646410
ISBN-10 1910646415
Stock Release date is 1 June 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Old Barn Books
Imprint Old Barn Books
Release Date 1 June 2019
International Publication Date 2 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Pollock, Alan
Illustrated by Thomson, Bryony
Category True Stories (Of Endurance and Survival)
Picture Storybooks
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 240mm
Height: 280mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 512g
Interest Age 5-8 years
Reading Age 5-8 years
Library of Congress Animals - Pictorial works - Juvenile literature - War use - History - 20th century
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 982656

Description of this Book

In the dark days of war, a group of soldiers far from home come across an orphaned bear cub. They adopt him and hide him in their tents, feeding him with their rations - until he is too big to ignore! When they are told he cannot travel with them, they grant him an officer's commission. Private Wojtek finds himself helping to carry armaments at the fierce Battle of Monte Cassino. After the war, unable to return to their homeland, the band of soldiers arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland. Peter, Wojtek's substitute parent, has no idea where his own family, forced out of their home, can be. There is a happy ending, however, as Peter is reunited with his family in Scotland - and Wojtek finds a new home in Edinburgh zoo. A statue of Wojtek stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh in memory of the brave bear and his fellow soldiers.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Alan Pollock is a playwright, best known for One Night in November, about the Coventry blitz. He came across the story of Wojtek while researching amongst Polish refugees in Coventry. The youth of the soldiers involved in the Battle of Monte Cassino moved him to write for children for the first time. Bryony Thomson's self-authored debut picture book, The Wardrobe Monster, will be published by Old Barn Books in April 2018. She explores a totally different illustration style for Peter.

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