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The Dancing Bear

By Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Christian Birmingham
Published by HarperCollins


Price £4.99
Publisher HarperCollins

Set in a quiet mountain village, this story shows the effects brought about by the arrival of a film crew. The focus is on Roxanne, who has raised a bear cub throughout her own childhood, and the consequences of her departure for a life in the wider world. The gentle tale is told from the viewpoint of the elderly village schoolmaster. This short novel is illustrated by delicately shaded, lifelike black and white illustrations.

Other short novels by this author include:

The Butterfly Lion, illustrated by Christian Birmingham. HarperCollins £5.99 9780006751038

The Mozart Question, illustrated by Michael Foreman. Walker £6.99 9781406366396

The Last Wolf, illustrated by Michael Foreman. Corgi £5.99 9780440865070

Homecoming, illustrated by Peter Bailey. Walker £5.99 9781406367324

Meeting Cezanne, illustrated by François Place. Walker £5.99 9781406351132

The Giant's Necklace, illustrated by Briony May Smith. Walker £6.99 9781406373493

My Father Is a Polar Bear, illustrated by Felicita Sala. Walker £6.99 9781406365863

Half a Man, illustrated by Gemma O'Callaghan. Walker £5.99 9781406367133

Our Jacko, illustrated by David Gentleman. Walker £6.99 9781406383140