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Wojtek: The Bear who went to War

By Alan Pollock
Illustrated by Bryony Thomson

The story of a very special friendship.

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.

  • Based on a true story from World War II
  • Themes of war, family and the plight of refugees
  • Gently humorous

About the author

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.

About the illustrator

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.

ISBN: 9781910646410
Imprint: Old Barn Books
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: June 1, 2019
Dimensions: 248 x 280mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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