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I felt Fred’s small hand grab me. He patted me and whispered, “Bear, I won’t leave you here all by yourself. You are my best friend.” Based on true events and beautifully illustrated, this is the story of a friendship that will last forever—told by Fred’s best friend, his beloved teddy bear.During World War II, Fred must leave his home and live in hiding, apart from the re I felt Fred’s small hand grab me. He patted me and whispered, “Bear, I won’t leave you here all by yourself. You are my best friend.” Based on true events and beautifully illustrated, this is the story of a friendship that will last forever—told by Fred’s best friend, his beloved teddy bear.During World War II, Fred must leave his home and live in hiding, apart from the rest of his family, but he always keeps Bear by his side. Bear knows it’s his job to take care of Fred and make sure he doesn’t feel alone.After the war, Fred and his family are reunited and leave Holland for the United States. And still Bear is with him. When Fred grows up, he and Bear part for the first time when Bear is sent to Yad Vashem—the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel, where this book was first published—to show the power of hope, friendship, and love.


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I felt Fred’s small hand grab me. He patted me and whispered, “Bear, I won’t leave you here all by yourself. You are my best friend.” Based on true events and beautifully illustrated, this is the story of a friendship that will last forever—told by Fred’s best friend, his beloved teddy bear.During World War II, Fred must leave his home and live in hiding, apart from the re I felt Fred’s small hand grab me. He patted me and whispered, “Bear, I won’t leave you here all by yourself. You are my best friend.” Based on true events and beautifully illustrated, this is the story of a friendship that will last forever—told by Fred’s best friend, his beloved teddy bear.During World War II, Fred must leave his home and live in hiding, apart from the rest of his family, but he always keeps Bear by his side. Bear knows it’s his job to take care of Fred and make sure he doesn’t feel alone.After the war, Fred and his family are reunited and leave Holland for the United States. And still Bear is with him. When Fred grows up, he and Bear part for the first time when Bear is sent to Yad Vashem—the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel, where this book was first published—to show the power of hope, friendship, and love.

30 review for Bear and Fred: A World War II Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Amazon Kindle First Read - April I chose this as I wanted to read something different from my usual choice. So glad I did. This is the heart rending story of a Jewish Dutch boy and his bear in the dark, dark days of Nazi occupation. This is told from the perspective of the bear whose personality shines and through him we see the boy. The two support and help each other as the boy stays hidden and safe. The story is beautifully illustrated and these add an extra dimension as they are also very to Amazon Kindle First Read - April I chose this as I wanted to read something different from my usual choice. So glad I did. This is the heart rending story of a Jewish Dutch boy and his bear in the dark, dark days of Nazi occupation. This is told from the perspective of the bear whose personality shines and through him we see the boy. The two support and help each other as the boy stays hidden and safe. The story is beautifully illustrated and these add an extra dimension as they are also very touching. It’s a quick read but well worth while. This is a true story. The bear is in the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem. He belongs to Fred Lessing who resides in the USA.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    This book does take on a hard and emotional subject to help children understand what happened, and thugs at the heartstrings, but there was something missing and more was needed when it came to the tale being told - more details and a bit more written. Free via Amazon early releases

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    This is a fictionalized portrait of a very true story, too through the eyes and voice of a favorite toy bear who was the best friend of a Jewish boy whose family survived World ar II in hiding in Europe. The story begins before that danger and extends far beyond it, with Bear currently on loan to Yad Vashim in Isreal, the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Fred included a letter about the bear in the loan, which sparked the author's original determination to share their story. This is a fictionalized portrait of a very true story, too through the eyes and voice of a favorite toy bear who was the best friend of a Jewish boy whose family survived World ar II in hiding in Europe. The story begins before that danger and extends far beyond it, with Bear currently on loan to Yad Vashim in Isreal, the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Fred included a letter about the bear in the loan, which sparked the author's original determination to share their story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    DivaDiane

    Magical book This magical book about the special bear who took care of Fred during the Holocaust when he was a child and accompanied him throughout his life is an important book also. It might be a little over-long, but you really get a feel for their close relationship. Told from the perspective of the Teddy Bear, we hear how scary those years in Holland during the Holocaust were, how Bear felt then and what he did to help Fred get through them. The language is simple, so it’s best read aloud to Magical book This magical book about the special bear who took care of Fred during the Holocaust when he was a child and accompanied him throughout his life is an important book also. It might be a little over-long, but you really get a feel for their close relationship. Told from the perspective of the Teddy Bear, we hear how scary those years in Holland during the Holocaust were, how Bear felt then and what he did to help Fred get through them. The language is simple, so it’s best read aloud to young children or for young independent readers. The illustrations are lovely if not vibrant and give a good sense of the bears narrow world. The additional information at the end of the book tells of how the author became captivated by this story and wanted to write this book. How she researched and developed it. There is also some very simplified information on WWII and the Holocaust so that children gain a little perspective.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    Beautifully written and illustrated. Difficult not to shed a tear at the end of this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Bear And Fred A short gem of a book which gives a glimpse into what Jewish parents and their children experienced during WW2. The story is told through Fred's teddy and named Bear. The story is gently told and good for chily. Bear And Fred A short gem of a book which gives a glimpse into what Jewish parents and their children experienced during WW2. The story is told through Fred's teddy and named Bear. The story is gently told and good for chily.

  7. 5 out of 5

    K. Svedin

    Touching True story As I read the beginning of this book non-verbally, I Thought Of my grandchildren And how this would be a wonderful Opportunity, while we are Separated And isolated from each other during the pandemic, To read and record it As a Nana Moment with them Via social media. I thought it would be a wonderful way to provide a history lesson as part of their at home Schooling right now.I'm not Jewish and I have seen no one in my genealogy tree that was either. However, have always know Touching True story As I read the beginning of this book non-verbally, I Thought Of my grandchildren And how this would be a wonderful Opportunity, while we are Separated And isolated from each other during the pandemic, To read and record it As a Nana Moment with them Via social media. I thought it would be a wonderful way to provide a history lesson as part of their at home Schooling right now.I'm not Jewish and I have seen no one in my genealogy tree that was either. However, have always known of the Holocaust and sorrowed for the Jewish people that suffered so atrociously at the hands of the Nazi tyrants. The author's depiction from this childlike perspective is amazing. And touches the soul of the younger children and Nanas like me. As I started to read the story aloud it truly became real to me And I didn't get through it without shedding tears.I love having it told through the eyes of that wonderful little teddy bear.I look forward to reading it several times so I can do it without crying and sharing it with my grandchildren as a connection opportunity Between myself and them and with the history of the Jewish people . Thank you!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    Children often pick a loved object that becomes their best friend, something safe and comforting that can help them through difficult and stressful times. That is certainly true for young Fred, growing up in Delft, Holland. Based on a true story, and set during WWII and the Nazi occupation of Holland, Bear and Fred tells the story of young Fred Lessing's experiences and survival during the Holocaust and is told entirely from the point of view of his beloved bear. Fred has always loved his little Children often pick a loved object that becomes their best friend, something safe and comforting that can help them through difficult and stressful times. That is certainly true for young Fred, growing up in Delft, Holland. Based on a true story, and set during WWII and the Nazi occupation of Holland, Bear and Fred tells the story of young Fred Lessing's experiences and survival during the Holocaust and is told entirely from the point of view of his beloved bear. Fred has always loved his little yellow teddy bear, who was never given a proper name, even after a dog attacks it, ripping off one ear and causing his head to wobble. And bear is there the night, just after Fred's parents tell him that he would be going to Amsterdam to live with his grandfather, that the family is warned to leave their home and go into hiding immediately. Fred doesn't understand what is happening, or why he is told to never tell anyone where he is from or who he is, but at least he has his teddy bear. Fred is happy to see his grandfather, until he realizes his parents won't be staying. But after his grandfather sews a yellow star onto his clothing, Fred's mother returns, rips the star off and takes Fred away to live with a stranger and once again his mother must leave. The strange lady is nice, and there is even a neighbor boy to play with, but Fred misses his parents and brothers, being alone is sad and the world is a scary place. Luckily, Fred has bear to comfort him. Then, one day, the war is over and Fred is reunited with his parents and brothers, "We are a family again!" Eventually, Fred and his family move to America. Bear and Fred begins with a Prologue and Epilogue explaining how and when Fred's bear ended up in Jerusalem, at the Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel. In between, the story explains why Fred's bear is so important to them. As Fred put it: "...[bear] had an important mission - to go to Israel to be part of an exhibition with other toys from the Holocaust, and there he would tell our story to children who would come to visit..."* Bear and Fred is a particularly gentle, yet compelling Holocaust picture book. Nowhere are the Nazis mentions, nor are their abuses highlighted. But Fred was only 4-years-old when Holland was invaded by them, and six when his family was warned of a pending roundup. Iris Argaman has really captured how his feelings of confusion and fear are based on the behavior of people around him and things he is told. Having Fred's bear narrate provides just the right insight needed to keep this about Fred and not the world around him. The story was originally written in Hebrew, and the translation is seamless and accessible, yet loses none of the poignancy, and I have to say I found myself tearing up while reading. The digitally rendered line illustrations are in complete harmony with the text. The simple images before and after the Holocaust are done in subtle colors, while the years during WWII are done in a palette of grays with touches of yellow, an interesting artistic statement (particularly interesting to me because when I was young, I always imagined those years in black and white, as though color and sunshine couldn't exist then). The author has included a short Historical Note at the front of Bear and Fred and back matter consists of a letter written to young readers from Fred's Bear, and an informative Author's Note about how this story came to be written. Bear and Fred is a richly expressive picture book for older readers, touching on themes of friendship, loneliness, family, and love. * This quote came from an article published by Yad Vashem entitled BEAR, about Fred and his best friend. You can read it HERE. You can read more about Iris Argaman's journey to write and publish Bear and Fred HERE This book is recommended for readers age 7+ This book was gratefully received from Blue Slip Media

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A true story! Fred and bear were the best of friends during the Second World War in Germany. He was Jewish and needed to hide, bear was with him! At first he was with his grandpa in Amsterdam and then he stayed with a nice lady nearby. Fred always took bear with him! After the war, Fred and his family along with bear came to America. Fred grew up, married and had children of his own, but bear was still with him!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Oh! So sweet, and sad. The illustrations are lovely, and this was a beautiful story of a little Jewish boy, and his bear. His bear eventually, many years later, is taken to the Yad Veshem museum in Israel, where the author learns of their story and asks permission of Fred to share it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sue McMahon

    Touching A very touching and emotional story. I'm glad Fred had his hear to get him through. It is important to keep history alive and remember that it's not just facts but real human beings. Touching A very touching and emotional story. I'm glad Fred had his hear to get him through. It is important to keep history alive and remember that it's not just facts but real human beings.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Based on the real teddy bear now in the Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel. It was taken care of and it took care of Fred Lessing as a boy escaping the Nazis. This was first published in 2016, now translated by Annette Appel and written by Iris Argaman, with illustrations by Avi Ofer. Bear tells the story of him and Fred whose family eventually escaped from Delft, Holland to Amsterdam. Eventually, Fred was then left with a stranger and did survive with his teddy bear! Based on the real teddy bear now in the Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel. It was taken care of and it took care of Fred Lessing as a boy escaping the Nazis. This was first published in 2016, now translated by Annette Appel and written by Iris Argaman, with illustrations by Avi Ofer. Bear tells the story of him and Fred whose family eventually escaped from Delft, Holland to Amsterdam. Eventually, Fred was then left with a stranger and did survive with his teddy bear! All the family also survived and moved to America. There is an epilogue that tells about the museum asking if Bear is willing to be part of their stories and a final letter from Bear, sharing his gratitude for Fred's continuing love and care. Fred's bear story's illustrations appear wispy and muted, showing the life lived then meant fear and uncertainty. It's a special story that brings the Holocaust to life in a story for ten and up. Personal note! I still have my teddy bear that was a gift from my father who was shot down in the Philippines during World War II when I was two. I took it to college, too!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Fantastic! This is an accessible story for all ages with brief insights into the many tragedies faced by Jewish people during WWII. It can provide meaningful discussion prompts without revealing some of the horrific truths that might be too much for young children. It is told in the perspective of a teddy bear (relatable!) and is very cleverly done. The sentence structure compliments the story really well, whilst the illustrations also have a massive impact on the reader. If you pay close attent Fantastic! This is an accessible story for all ages with brief insights into the many tragedies faced by Jewish people during WWII. It can provide meaningful discussion prompts without revealing some of the horrific truths that might be too much for young children. It is told in the perspective of a teddy bear (relatable!) and is very cleverly done. The sentence structure compliments the story really well, whilst the illustrations also have a massive impact on the reader. If you pay close attention, there is alot of symbolism in the colours of the illustrations too. I will be taking a copy of this book into every classroom from now on, it is important each child understands this significant time in history. Definitely recommend!

  14. 4 out of 5

    book_bear

    Wonderful book! My bear and I loved it! How absolutely adorable! I loved this book! It mirrored the relationship I have with my bear! Thankfully, he and I will never have to endure the holocaust, but I so thoroughly understood this book and connected with it. It was wonderful!!!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)

    Sweet story about a boy and his teddy bear during WWII in Holland. Touching and engaging.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Nice story It talks about a hard subject and helps explain children what happened on those darl times. However, I would have liked more story and details.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A touching (true) story about a young Jewish boy and his teddy bear in WW2. Very sweet.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Volk

    Touching This was a touching story about a boy and the love of his teddy bear. The author really made us feel that love they had for each other. It provided enough details for younger readers to understand those were dark times without scaring them or adding any anxiety but possibly asking questions and learning more about WWII and the Holocaust. A good and thoughtful read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    The horrors of war and the Holocaust have to be among the most difficult subjects to write about for children. This is the true story of a boy named Fred who goes into hiding form the Nazis, narrated by his teddy bear, whose photo we get to see at the book's conclusion. The horrors of war and the Holocaust have to be among the most difficult subjects to write about for children. This is the true story of a boy named Fred who goes into hiding form the Nazis, narrated by his teddy bear, whose photo we get to see at the book's conclusion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    This was very sweet, rather like Velveteen Rabbit, but with a historical significance. Having had my own Snoopy for 40 years now that the Easter Bunny delivered to me, I can relate to this so much! The only thing I wish is that the artwork of Bear changed to show his mismatched head when the mother sewed on a new one, but I wasn't willing to dock a star for that. This was very sweet, rather like Velveteen Rabbit, but with a historical significance. Having had my own Snoopy for 40 years now that the Easter Bunny delivered to me, I can relate to this so much! The only thing I wish is that the artwork of Bear changed to show his mismatched head when the mother sewed on a new one, but I wasn't willing to dock a star for that.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This was an amazingly moving story of a friendship between a boy and his teddy bear, and how their friendship sustained them through family separation, loneliness, and war. I hope every child is blessed with the true and unconditional love of a special friend like Bear. Prime First Reads, April 2020

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Wright Oelkers

    Absolutely beautiful! I am so glad I found this story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wordy Bookworm

    I give this book 3.5 stars because I loved the artwork throughout the book and the color choices that made this book uniform. I was given a free copy of the Kindle ARC version of Bear and Fred: A World War II Story through Amazon in exchange for an honest review. Also, this review is unique to me, and I have cross-posted it on Amazon as well. Bear and Fred: A World War II Story by Iris Argaman and illustrated by Avi Ofer is a story of a Jewish boy and his toy bear named Bear. As the story progre I give this book 3.5 stars because I loved the artwork throughout the book and the color choices that made this book uniform. I was given a free copy of the Kindle ARC version of Bear and Fred: A World War II Story through Amazon in exchange for an honest review. Also, this review is unique to me, and I have cross-posted it on Amazon as well. Bear and Fred: A World War II Story by Iris Argaman and illustrated by Avi Ofer is a story of a Jewish boy and his toy bear named Bear. As the story progresses, it shows how these two best friends were shipped around Holland and Europe in an effort to escape capture by the German Nazis. The story is told from Bear's perspective, and he is confused during their travels because he does not understand why they have to be separated from Fred's family to stay with other family members and even strangers. Bear doesn't understand why Fred has to have a yellow star sewn on his clothing or why they can't play outside anymore. Through it all, Bear and Fred stay together and remain best friends. My first impression of this book, based off the cover art only, was that the artwork, the manipulation of colors, and the limited color palette was very fitting for the time period. During the time of the World War II and the Holocaust, many beautiful souls were not seen as actual human beings. So, the cover's lack of color for Fred was very appropriate for that time and for what I thought the story was about. The highlighting of Bear's coloring, on the cover, was also appropriate because he was the main narrator of the story. I enjoyed the little historical synopsis about WWII at the beginning. It was short and child-friendly. However, it did not seem to fully capture the appalling nature of the War and Holocaust. Maybe this was because the author did not want to scare the young readers. The limited color palette throughout the entire book did an amazing job of evoking emotions in the form of confusion, sadness, and loneliness. The uniformity of color, or lack of, through the book was very fitting and made the flow of the book even. I really liked the subdued colors and how they made me feel what Bear was feeling...even without words. As far as the story was concerned, I thought that it was greatly lacking in depth. If I would not have first read the title and the historical note OR been familiar with World War II, I would have been very confused about what was going on. Aside from being separated from their family and being made to live with other family members and strangers, this book could have almost left out the Holocaust/WW II altogether and just been a sweet story of a boy and his toy bear. OR, it could have been about any Jewish child during that time period. Overall, I loved the colors of this book as well as the artwork, but I was very disappointed in the story line and think it would benefit from adding more depth and details to really capture what was going on at the time. I believe that it is possible to add more details without frightening or scaring children who read it. It definitely has the potential to be something great and informative for children.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    This sweet book is told from the perspective of much-loved Bear, the lifetime stuffed animal belonging to Fred. This story is based on Fred Lessing and his actual teddy bear, his very best friend. Bear doesn’t understand exactly what is happening to Fred and his family. Bear hears conversations about leaving and hiding and keeping secrets. Fred and Bear leave and go to Amsterdam to stay with Fred’s grandpa. Bear doesn’t understand what or why this is happening and Fred is also very scared to be a This sweet book is told from the perspective of much-loved Bear, the lifetime stuffed animal belonging to Fred. This story is based on Fred Lessing and his actual teddy bear, his very best friend. Bear doesn’t understand exactly what is happening to Fred and his family. Bear hears conversations about leaving and hiding and keeping secrets. Fred and Bear leave and go to Amsterdam to stay with Fred’s grandpa. Bear doesn’t understand what or why this is happening and Fred is also very scared to be away from his family. But, he is so thankful to have Bear by his side. Without talking about the really scary things that are happening, children will begin to realize that what is happening to Fred isn’t normal. Fred has to keep secrets about who he is and his family. He has to wear a yellow star and eventually has to go and live with a complete stranger. Fred is very scared, but he always has Bear to keep him safe and happy. When the war ends, Fred is reunited with his family, and Bear continues to live with Fred into his adult life. When Bear has the opportunity to share his and Fred’s Holocaust story with others, Bear leaves Fred for the first time in their life to go to a museum. This is how the author heard about their story and wanted to write their story for children. The illustrations are muted, pencil-like drawings that go perfectly with the story’s emotional tone. This is a story about Fred and Bear and doesn’t go into any real detail about the war. I could see where some more inquisitive children will ask questions, like why did Fred’s family leave him and why did he have to wear a yellow star? These are opportunities for parents to share more details about the war that are appropriate for that child. This is a heartwarming story that brought tears to my eyes several times. It offers such a great opportunity to teach compassion for others as well as lessons from our history.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    WWII. Delft, S. Holland, Netherlands. Fred never gave his teddy bear a name. He took me everywhere he went. A big black dog grabbed a hold of me & began to tug. I would sit with Fred & his mama/dad at all their meals. 1-day there was an urgent messenger at the door. The family had to go. Fred grabbed Teddy bear & put him in his knapsack. Amsterdam (capital), Netherlands. Grandpa greeted Mama, Fred & teddy bear. Mama fixed the damage the dog had done to teddy bear. Grandpa sewed a yellow star on ted WWII. Delft, S. Holland, Netherlands. Fred never gave his teddy bear a name. He took me everywhere he went. A big black dog grabbed a hold of me & began to tug. I would sit with Fred & his mama/dad at all their meals. 1-day there was an urgent messenger at the door. The family had to go. Fred grabbed Teddy bear & put him in his knapsack. Amsterdam (capital), Netherlands. Grandpa greeted Mama, Fred & teddy bear. Mama fixed the damage the dog had done to teddy bear. Grandpa sewed a yellow star on teddy bear. Mama, Fred & teddy bear moved again. Jerusalem Middle East, (Judaean Mountains, Mediterranean/Dead Sea). Suddenly a box is opened & all the wrappings thrown on the floor. As people gathered around the lady hugged Fred’s teddy bear. What happened next? I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. Wow, an awesome book cover, great hand-drawn colored pictures & proper font & writing style. A very professionally written child’s (elementary/MS age) historical teddy bear storybook. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters, settings, etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s historical teddy bear movie, a classroom presentation, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is an extremely easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author(s); Amazon Crossing Kids; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Neubauer

    The story of “Bear and Fred” is a touching one that journeys back through WWII when the Nazis invaded Europe and began annihilating the Jewish community. Fred Lessing is a young Jewish boy who only has one best friend, his teddy bear. Although teddy bear doesn’t have a name, he quickly becomes Fred’s closest friend in a world of chaos where nothing and no one is safe. Fred is forced out of his home and separated from his family in the hopes of saving his life from the Nazis, the only one who rem The story of “Bear and Fred” is a touching one that journeys back through WWII when the Nazis invaded Europe and began annihilating the Jewish community. Fred Lessing is a young Jewish boy who only has one best friend, his teddy bear. Although teddy bear doesn’t have a name, he quickly becomes Fred’s closest friend in a world of chaos where nothing and no one is safe. Fred is forced out of his home and separated from his family in the hopes of saving his life from the Nazis, the only one who remains by his side is Bear. Since the story is told from the Bear’s point of view, the words have a child-like understanding of the world around him. Bear is unsure why Fred has to go to Grandpa’s to hide, or why his mom sends him to live with a stranger, or why they can’t go outside on walks together. It’s as if Bear has the same frame of mind as young Fred. However, when Fred’s mother has to leave him a second time, Bear decides he will step up and protect Fred forever. Even after the war ended, Bear and Fred were reunited with family and remained together until he was donated to the Yad Vashem Museum in Israel. This book was incredibly heart touching and sent me through a rollercoaster of emotions. From pure nostalgia at remembering how comforting my little stuffed dog was when I was a child to a dark place of memories and emotions that cannot compare to those who suffered from the reign of Hitler yet bring the same sadness. I really enjoyed reading this book and could find many different lessons within its text. From history to the importance of a support system and how to weather a storm, Iris Argaman ensures “Bear and Fred” will continue to grab audiences’ attention everywhere and guide young readers to fight and live for a better tomorrow.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrex

    After a brief historical background note the reader is transported back in time. No, not to be introduced to Fred but to Fred's bear whom it appears has traveled a long way to get to safety in Jerusalem. Many tears are shed and it's time for an explanation. Written in first person by Bear, we are then taken back to Delft, Holland. Life at one point in time for Fred's family and neighborhood was a happy one but times are a changing. What is going on? Why is everyone so sad now? Fred and his famil After a brief historical background note the reader is transported back in time. No, not to be introduced to Fred but to Fred's bear whom it appears has traveled a long way to get to safety in Jerusalem. Many tears are shed and it's time for an explanation. Written in first person by Bear, we are then taken back to Delft, Holland. Life at one point in time for Fred's family and neighborhood was a happy one but times are a changing. What is going on? Why is everyone so sad now? Fred and his family are Jews! WWII has come! Can Fred's mama find her son a safe place to stay? Will they all survive? Simply but very effectively illustrated in full color, this is a poignant story for young ones. You'll even get to see a picture of the real bear. (Slight spoiler but an important one as this story is for young children. This true story does have a happy ending.) I highly recommend this book but please note that it is not suitable for all devices so check carefully before purchasing. I downloaded this as my April First Read choice. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz

  28. 5 out of 5

    Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

    “Many years ago, in a faraway land called Holland, in a city named Delft, I was Fred’s teddy bear. I never had a name. Fred never gave me one. I lived in his bedroom with other toys. I was a happy bear. Little Fred loved me more than any other toy. He took me everywhere he went.” So begins (after a brief prologue) the true story of a young Jewish boy named Fred and his beloved, never-named bear. A picture story book for young middle grade readers ages 6-10, Bear and Fred: A World War II Story tells the m “Many years ago, in a faraway land called Holland, in a city named Delft, I was Fred’s teddy bear. I never had a name. Fred never gave me one. I lived in his bedroom with other toys. I was a happy bear. Little Fred loved me more than any other toy. He took me everywhere he went.” So begins (after a brief prologue) the true story of a young Jewish boy named Fred and his beloved, never-named bear. A picture story book for young middle grade readers ages 6-10, Bear and Fred: A World War II Story tells the moving history of the real-life Fred Lessing during the Holocaust. Without delving into any of the details that would be inappropriate for young readers, author Iris Argaman nonetheless sketches out Fred’s journey as he goes first to his grandfather’s and then to a stranger’s house, with only Bear as his constant companion... -------------------------------------------- To read the full review, visit our website! https://glli-us.org/2020/09/17/worldk...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patricia N. McLaughlin

    This is such a fascinating story of friendship and survival, love and loyalty, but the drama is lost in a patchwork of scenes, a surfeit of superfluous details, and drab illustrations that miss the mark. Most problematic is the narrative’s first-person point of view, which leads to awkward explanations for why Bear is privy to goings-on, such as conversations and whereabouts. Perhaps third-person omniscient POV would have worked better? The Prologue and Epilogue seem like separate stories altoge This is such a fascinating story of friendship and survival, love and loyalty, but the drama is lost in a patchwork of scenes, a surfeit of superfluous details, and drab illustrations that miss the mark. Most problematic is the narrative’s first-person point of view, which leads to awkward explanations for why Bear is privy to goings-on, such as conversations and whereabouts. Perhaps third-person omniscient POV would have worked better? The Prologue and Epilogue seem like separate stories altogether, and the letter from Bear seems like it could have been woven into the story itself. The Author’s Note offers an insightful glimpse into Argaman’s creative inspiration, which is quite moving. In short, this is a great story perhaps better told from a different point of view with more lively illustrations that dramatize Bear’s long, harrowing journey from the Lessing home in Holland to the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MARY Arias

    Thank you! I often hope that children at the youngest age will start to get a feeling of WWII, what the Jewish people and others went through. I myself read many books on this time in our history, I was born in September of 1942, just a child when all the horror was going on, somehow though I feel connected and know that only by reading about the stories of the survivors will we remember and honor the people that didn't survive. We owe our lives to the GREATEST GENERATION! We shall never forget. Thank you! I often hope that children at the youngest age will start to get a feeling of WWII, what the Jewish people and others went through. I myself read many books on this time in our history, I was born in September of 1942, just a child when all the horror was going on, somehow though I feel connected and know that only by reading about the stories of the survivors will we remember and honor the people that didn't survive. We owe our lives to the GREATEST GENERATION! We shall never forget. Thank you again! This was a free book in the monthly books for Prime members and because it was a child's book picked it, I didn't see the cover listing it as a wwll book,what a surprise of the best kind.

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