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Book Launch: Bear on the Homefront

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Teddy, a small stuffed bear on display at the Canadian War Museum, first captured people’s hearts and imaginations through his First World War adventures described in A Bear in War. Come listen to the next chapter in Teddy’s adventures as told in the new children’s book Bear on the Homefront.

In Bear on the Homefront, Teddy helps English guest children travel to host families on the Canadian home front during the Second World War. When two homesick children need a friend, Teddy bravely leaves his beloved Aileen to comfort them. But the war seems endless. Will Teddy and the children ever return to their homes again?

Join author Stephanie Innes and illustrator Brian Deines for a special reading of the book, followed by a question and answer session. Bring your copies of A Bear in War and Bear on the Homefront (or buy them at the Museum’s Gift Shop) and get them signed. Cap off your visit with a trip to see Teddy at his home in the Museum.



Stephanie Innesis the great niece of Aileen Rogers. Stephanie helped write A Bear in War and Bear on the Homefront using family war memorabilia including Aileen’s journal, hundreds of letters and Teddy. Stephanie lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is the medical reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, as well as an adjunct instructor of journalism at the University of Arizona.

Brian Deines, a graduate from the Alberta College of Art, is an award-winning illustrator of children’s books, including Sky Sisters andBear on the Train. He has illustrated a trilogy with author Tomson Highway, and both the first book, Caribou Song, as well as the second, Dragonfly Kites, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and nominated for the Schwartz Children’s Literature Award. Brian resides in Toronto.

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