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Publication Date
01 May 2014
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Limited
Age Range
9 - 12
illustrated throughout

Wojtek: War Hero Bear

Illustrated by Tim Archbold
by Jenny Robertson - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone know that little Wojtek will become one of the bravest fighters of them all. As the soldiers train to take part in some of the fiercest fighting of the war, Wojtek grows up, providing headaches and laughter in equal measure as he learns to drink beer, chase horses and wrestle with his human friends. But at Monte Cassino, as the Allies try and dislodge German troops from their mountain-top eyrie, Wojtek, now a fully signed-up solider with his own rank and number, comes into his own, dodging the bullets to carry ammunition to his comrades as they inch their way to victory.

After the war, the Polish solders move to Scotland. Wojtek comes too and soon becomes the centre of attention in a new country. But with hostilities ended, how long can he keep his freedom?

Best-selling children’s author Jenny Robertson explores the themes of friendship and trust in this moving and inspirational story.

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.

Tim Archbold wrote and illustrated his first chidlren’s book. In 1988 and since then has worked on books for a huge number of publishers, including Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Macmillan and OUP. His illustrations have also featured in magazines such as Radio Times, Good Housekeeping, BBC Gardener’s World, Good Food and Country Living.


1 Most useful customer reviews (see all reviews):
Margaret Stewart
Jul 27, 2014
Wojtek, War Hero Bear is a great story, for all ages, not just for children. Jenny Robertson has written a book that adults can enjoy too. Wojtek leaps out of the page in an unforgettable way . The Polish soldiers are vividly depicted. The author has a great knowledge of the tragedy that befell the Polish people under both Hitler and Stalin> Her writing empathises with the characters without being sentimental. This book is a great read and one that you would turn back to many times. I would recommend it to a wide readership.

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