The Great Bear

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Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited, 2010 - Bears - 40 pages
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A heartfelt story of a cruelly treated dancing bear who finds the courage to stand up for herself. The circus bear spends her days in a cage and her nights performing for a crowd. The crowd taunts her as she dances - poking her with sticks or throwing stones. Can she ever break free? From the award-winning team of Libby Gleeson and Armin Greder comes a story with a powerful visual narrative.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Can a circus bear escape her day-to-day abuse?"Once there was a bear," the simple narrative begins. Her life is one of drudgery and pain; she lives in a cage all day and at night performs for noisy ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Libby Gleeson was born in Young, Australia in 1950. After high school she studied at the University of Sydney. Gleeson taught for two years in a small town, Picton, which is just outside of Sydney, but in 1976, she took time off to travel for five years. Gleeson based herself first in Italy where she taught English and then in London where she started writing her first novel, Eleanor, Elizabeth. She also attended a creative writing group where the other students pushed her to write a better book. After returning Gleeson taught at the University of NSW, but soon quit to write full-time. In the last twenty years, she's written twenty books and also taught occasional courses in creative writing and visited schools to talk about her work. Gleeson has won the Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children's Literature, in 1997, the Children's Book Council of Australia, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Victorian Premier's Awards, the South Australian Literary Awards, the Prime Minister's Multicultural Awards, the Children's Literature Peace Prize, and the Young Australian Readers Award (YARA). In 2015 she won a Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award in the Younger Reader Category with her title, The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and The Present. She also won a (CBCA) in the Early Childhood category with her title Go to Sleep, Jessie!. The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) also presented her with the 2015 Nan Chauncy Award for her work in Australian children's literature. Her title Banjo and Ruby Red made the IBBY Australian Honour Books List for Books for Young People. She is also an Astrid Lindgren award nominee.

Armin Greder was born May 24, 1942 in Biel, Switzerland. He attended both primary and secondary school, before accepting an apprenticeship in architectural drafting. After he completed his apprenticehsip. he began model building for architects, cartoons, graphic design, illustration. He moved to Australia in 1971. Once in Australia, he made a living doing graphic design work, cartoons, illustration, and book design. In 1978 he began teaching design and illustration at the Queensland College of Art, where he remained until 1998. In 2000, Greder moved back to Switzerland to live and work. Greder received an award for poster design from the Department of the Interior of Switzerland, in 1970. He won the Australian Multicultural Children's Literature Award; the Prime Minister's Department, Canberra, 1992 Commendation; the Australian Book Publishers' Association, 1994 and 1995; the IBBY Honours List, Switzerland, 1996; and the Ragazzi Bologna, in 2000. Greder was shortlisted for Australian picture Book of the Year in 2000; the Luchs #181, Germany, in 2002; the Australian Book Publishers' Association for best designed picture book, in 2002; and the Children's Book Council of Australia: Picture Book of the Year, 2002.

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