When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone guess that young Wojtek will become a war hero?
As the soldiers train to take part in some of the fiercest fightings of the war, Wojtek grows bigger and stronger, providing headaches and laughter in equal measure.
But at the famous Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek, now a fully signed-up soldier, dodges bullets and landmines and uses his great strength to carry heavy boxes of ammunition to his comrades as they inch their way to victory.
After the war, the Polish soldiers move to Scotland. Wojtek comes too and soon becomes the centre of attention in his new home in the Borders. But with hostilities ended, how long can he keep his freedom?
There is a statue in Edinburgh of Wojtek the bear in Princes Street Gardens.
This is an absolutely fascinating short story that really touched my heart!
This is a beautifully written true story about a young bear called Wojtek, who found himself caught up in World War II – he was adopted by a set of Polish soldiers after he was orphaned and when they came to Scotland – he came too – this is his story!
It is definitely a book that will stay with me long after reading it and it was a genuine pleasure to read it – the illustrations are a delight too. I loved Wojtek’s relationship with the man who rescued him and it shows the power of the relationship they had. It is very moving at times and just the kind of book that I love to read – I am so pleased to have been introduced to this book!
No hesitation in giving this book the 5 stars it deserves!! Very highly recommended!!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenny Robertson has written numerous books for children and adults – fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Her children’s novels and Bible stories have been widely translated and also read on Yorkshire Television and STV.