Bibliographic information: Tak, B. D., & Hopman, P. (2011). Soldier Bear. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
Annotation: This book is about World War 2. A bear cub is adopted by soldiers and turned into a soldier. He keeps them entertained with all of his tricks and things. They teach him the ways of being a soldier and he eventually is enlisted as a soldier. He encourages the soldiers along the journey, and they become close.
Grade Level: 3-4
Readers who will like this book: People learning about World War 2, people who like bears, people who don’t like history but need to learn it.
Personal Response and Rating: I give this book a 5/5. I liked how it was based on real events but it mixed it up to be more exciting. I find history to be dry so I thought it was pretty good.
Text Dependent Question: How did Voytek offer the soldiers encouragement along the way?
Award Winner: Batchelder Winner. The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.