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Suitable for 7 - 9 years

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Product description

A beautiful modern fairytale from the former Children’s Laureate. In a tiny village high among remote mountains, a bear cub is adopted by an orphan girl. The bond between them seems unbreakable – until a film crew arrives in search of a dancing bear. This lyrical, poetic story will captivate every child with its dramatic setting and vivid themes of loyalty, friendship and change.

Product Details







Date published

December 31st, 1994

Lexile measure

690L Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring the right book gets to the right child at the right time.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.4; Middle years; 1.0 points

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  • 64 pages


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Michael Morpurgo

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  1. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2016

    it was amaizing

    5out of 5
  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2014

    a great book which shows where peopes loyaltys lie

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    This book was brilliant but very sad ending

  4. Jane blonde 113694

    on 4 March 2014

    beautiful story of a bear and young girl

  5. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 22 June 2013

    Very sad but a great story! It proves that relationship between Animal and girl are so powerful. Please read this amazing story.

  6. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 6 April 2013

    this book is really good and michael morpurgo is my favourite author. It gets very sad at the end but i would reccomend this book to people who like animal stories and sad stories.

    4out of 5
  7. Bellasara 113282

    on 3 April 2013

    This book nearly killed me as it is totally unexpected at the end of the book and I was reading it when I was not very happy so it made me cry a lot. It was okay though.

  8. Gruffalo 113679

    on 7 March 2013

    this book is great.

  9. Default avatar

    on 19 February 2013

    I am reading this book and it is AMAZING!

  10. Bellasara 113282

    on 15 July 2012

    This book had a moral and I shall not forget it! Read to find out!

    4out of 5
  11. Petula 113689

    on 7 March 2012

    I read this for reading book last year just to make sure thisyear is 2012.

  12. Default avatar

    on 6 March 2012

    Great book really enjoyed it!

  13. Flat stanley thumb 225

    on 2 March 2012

    I think that this book was ok, but wasn’t great. At some points it was quite moving (Roxanne’s relationship with the bear) but the plot seemed a bit unrealistic and far-fetched. However, I would recommend it to age 11 and below.

  14. Monkey 113537

    on 10 February 2012

    It is really good but quite sad.

  15. Clarice thumb 136

    on 29 January 2012

    This book is sad!

    3out of 5
  16. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 30 September 2011

    i love this book

    5out of 5
  17. Room on the broom 113684

    on 17 September 2011

    this is happy at first but then is very emotional

    4out of 5
  18. Evie 113313

    on 3 October 2010


    5out of 5
  19. Bellasara 113282

    on 28 July 2010

    Hi This book is very sad but I personally love it. Kim

    5out of 5
  20. Hayley 113303

    on 4 March 2010

    That book is pure Brilliance!

    4out of 5
  21. Love stargirl 113412

    on 1 February 2009

    This book is my favourite yet!!! I think it is really good!

    5out of 5