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Once I Was a Bear - by Irene Luxbacher (Hardcover)

About this item


Number of Pages: 40

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Social Themes

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Age Range: 4-8 Years

Book theme: New Experience

Author: Irene Luxbacher

Language: English

Street Date: September 1, 2020
TCIN: 79678083
UPC: 9781338356335
Item Number (DPCI): 247-40-7921
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

A young bear rejoices in the beauty of his woodland home, but when he wakes up from his winter sleep he has become a boy in a wilderness of tall buildings, in a world run by clocks, where he must learn to fit in, and embark on the adventure of growing up.

Book Synopsis

A beautiful, beguiling tale about adapting to change and finding your place. Especially comforting during this time of social distancing and uncertainty about the future.

Imaginative and poetically resonant. -- Kirkus Reviews

Considers nature's way of connecting us to ourselves and to others...poetically expresses feelings of dislocation, vulnerability, and strength. -- Quill & Quire, starred review

Oh, to be a bear in the forest! To rest and play, day after day, always feeling safe and at home. But when change fills the air, and it's time to journey into a different kind of wilderness, will it ever feel the same?

This sensitively imagined story illuminates the difficult transitions we all must face as we learn how to be at home in the world.

Review Quotes

Praise for Once I Was a Bear:

[Encourages] the appreciation of one's own story and recognizing different experiences of loss and change. Imaginative and poetically resonant. -- Kirkus Reviews

Irene Luxbacher's new picture book considers nature's way of connecting us to ourselves and to others...Transitions, transformations, and distinctive perspectives are elegantly evoked in Luxbacher's signature watercolour, acrylic, and collage illustrations. The text poetically expresses feelings of dislocation, vulnerability, and strength... Inspired by Luxbacher's son, who is on the autism spectrum, Once I Was a Bear tenderly asks the deeply personal yet universal question, Would others understand me? -- Quill & Quire, starred review

About the Author

IRENE LUXBACHER was nominated for the Governor General's Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen's Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa and its sequel Une belle journée avec grand-papa. She has illustrated several other picture books, and her own Deep Underwater, Viens jouer, Matou, and Mr. Frank, as well as eight acclaimed children's art activity books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at ireneluxbacher.com.

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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.4 inches length x 9.4 inches width x 9.2 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.8 pounds
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