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The Bear Who Went to War


FORMAT: Hardcover PRICE: £11.99 PAGES: 32 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 02/05/2019 ISBN: 9781910646410

The Bear Who Went to War

Alan Pollock, illus by Bryony Thomson

Old Barn Books

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.

Selling points

  • Based on a true story from World War II; released 75 years after the end of the Battle of Monte Cassino.
  • Themes of war, family and the plight of refugees.
  • Gently humorous; depicts the importance of loyalty.


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