A Bear in War
In 1915, 37-year-old Lawrence Browning Rogers enlisted in the Fifth Canadian Mounted Rifles, leaving behind his wife, two children, and their farm in East Farnham, Quebec. Over the next two and a half years, the family exchanged hundreds of letters, and daughter Aileen sent her beloved Teddy overseas to keep her father safe. Teddy returned home, but Lieutenant Rogers did not. He was killed in the battle of Passchendaele.
Eighty-five years later, Lawrence’s granddaughter found Teddy, the letters, and other war memorabilia packed away in a briefcase. And she discovered a moving story of one family’s love and sacrifice—a story shared by the families of so many soldiers who have lost their lives in the defense of their country. Accompanied by family photographs and Brian Deine’s poignant art, A Bear in War is more than one family’s testament to a brave soldier. It is a gentle introduction to war, to Remembrance Day, and to the honor of those who have served their countries.
Praise for A Bear in War:
"Gently told through the voice of the teddy bear it provides some insight into life during war time for a group of young readers...This book is highly recommend for school and public libraries and should be a great choice to share with young readers on November 11...Deines beautiful illustrations poignantly bring the story to life...Highly recommended." —Resource Links
"The history, the illustrations, and the story itself combine to make a wonderful testimonial to a family who made the greatest sacrifice for their country in World War I." —School Library Journal
"Gently introduces young children to war...The innocence of Teddy's voice is deeply comforting and will resonate with its young audience. Co-authors Innes and Endrulat do not shield the reader from the sadness war brings but choose to demonstrate it with tremendous sensitivity. Deines' exquisite oil paintings beautifully couple the innocence and sensitivity that Innes and Endrulat create. Each illustration is soft in its rendering and also expresses a depth of emotion that moves the reader. Simply put, A Bear in War is a story that parents must read to their children. Highly Recommended." —CM Magazine
“...a timeless and touching love story told from the perspective of a girl's teddy bear.” —Canadian Living