Must Read Mentor Text - A Bear in War

Happy Sunday everyone! I thought I would just pop by for a quick book recommendation and to link up with the awesome ladies over at Collaboration Cuties for their linky...

I thought I would share a book that is perfect to use for Remembrance Day or Veteran's Day as those days are coming up quickly. The book is A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat.
Here is the description from the website:
A Bear in War, was inspired by the true story of “Teddy,” a stuffed bear that was sent to the front lines during World War I.

Teddy belonged to ten-year-old Aileen Rogers, who lived with her family on a farm in East Farnham, Quebec. Her father, Lawrence Browning Rogers, enlisted in the Fifth Canadian Mounted Rifles in his thirty-seventh year in 1915.

When Lawrence departed for training in Valcartier, Quebec, and then for the war, he left behind Aileen, seven-year-old Howard, and his wife, Janet May Weaver Rogers.

Janet and Lawrence exchanged more than two hundred letters during the two and a half years he was away. Aileen and Howard also wrote to Lawrence – and Aileen sent her beloved Teddy overseas to help protect him. However, it wasn’t enough. On October 30, 1917, Lieutenant Lawrence Browning Rogers died at the battle of Passchendaele.

In 2002 Lawrence’s granddaughter, Roberta Rogers Innes, found Teddy, the letters and other war memorabilia inside a large family briefcase. As she delved deeper, Roberta discovered how a Canadian family’s strength was tested during the First World War and how a tiny stuffed bear became an enduring memento of their love.
This book has beautiful illustrations, an interesting point of view (the teddy bear tells the story), touches on life in the early 1900's and life during war. It also includes real archival photos and documents. I would love to visit the War Museum to see the display of all the photos, documents and Teddy.

The website has lesson plan suggestions and links for students at all different grade levels.
I think this book is a definite must read!
Have a great week everyone and Happy Halloween!! 


  1. Wow! How neat!! I've seen more and more books that are told from different pints of view and I think it's so neat for kids to see that! It's a great discussion point for how the story would be different if it was from a different point if view! This book looks gorgeous!

    Thanks for linking up!!! Have a great week!

  2. I'm so getting this one for my library. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  3. We just read about World War I and Armistice Day so I may need to add this to my library for a little bit of background knowledge/historical fiction for next year! We don't have a lot of "history" to cover in 5th grade since our focus is really how geography shapes the history, economics, and daily life in North America but since Veterans Day is such a big deal at our school - I think this book may be a great addition!

    Thanks for sharing,
    My Shoe String Life

  4. Thanks for the recommendation; this sounds like a very sweet book. :) I don't have any books for Veteran's Day and since our principal is a veteran I feel that I should!

  5. That book looks fantastic. I really love those illustrations. I always love books with unique points of view. Thank you for sharing!

    Eclectic Educating

  6. This story looks wonderful. I am going to have to check this out. I'm hoping our library has it so I can use it for Veteran's Day. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Very interesting post. This sounds like a great story for metacognition and sharing one's thinking! I need to check it out- thanks!
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom


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