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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2021

Once I Was a Bear Canadian Title

By Irene Luxbacher   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443119559 Paperback
40 Pages | 10.001" x 10.006" | Ages 4 to 8

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338356335 Hardcover
40 Pages | Ages 4 to 8

Once I lived in a forest of tall trees . . .

A little bear passes the days splashing, climbing, tumbling and thumping, feeling safe and surrounded by forest friends. When he senses change in the air, it’s time to curl up for a long, deep sleep. But when he wakes, he’s a boy in a different world, one with loud noises, tall towers and strange faces. Can he find a way to feel the same again?

This sensitively imagined story encourages anyone who reads it find their own way to be joyfully at home in the world.

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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