A Bear in War

Monday, November 10, 2008.

It’s November 8, 2008, three days before the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I. A crowd has gathered in a big hall in the Canadian War Museum. Among the historic military machines on exhibit is a small glass display case, one foot by one foot, set atop a narrow pedestal. In the display case is “Teddy”, a child’s stuffed toy.

The crowd is here to celebrate the launch of the book A Bear in War, written by Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat and illustrated by Brian Deines. In the book, “Teddy”, that stuffed toy on display in the museum, tells the true story of a family affected by World War I; Lt. Lawrence Browning Rogers, his wife Janet May Weaver Rogers and their two children Aileen and Howard.

MUSIC: Poor James from the CD Tractor Parts: Further Adventures in Strang by Zubot and Dawson.

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As an experiment, we’ve created a video/slideshow version of this edition of Just One More Book!! The video can be viewed on our website; it is not included in our RSS subscription feed. The audio version of the program is available, as usual, at the bottom of this post. We’d appreciate your feedback.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on the JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.


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Comment by Lee Wind

November 10, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

Hi Mark and Andrea,
I liked this post very much. The book sounds powerful, but I think I’d be very cautious about giving it to any child whose parent was away at war – the underlying message is that the bear came back but the daddy didn’t… I think maybe as a biography/history subject it could be a great experience for older kids to read. I look forward to getting a copy.

I have to say I didn’t think the visual component of this post worked for me, as it wasn’t video but a the slide show. To sit still for so long with the images not changing didn’t work for me, and I found myself abandoning the image and just listening to the audio. Having said that, I wouldn’t have forgiven you guys for not posting an image of the bear!

The audio was awesome (as always).

Perhaps, the next time you have great visuals but not video, you might consider a separate slide show – or just photos in the post – that we could go through at our own pace?

Just my two cents – keep up the amazing work!



Comment by Just One More Book!!

November 10, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

Hi Lee,

Thanks for listening, and for taking time to leave us your thoughts on the book and our slideshow.

Good point re: parent not coming home! And I agree with you completely re: the slideshow.

Our regular audio player is still in the post, btw. The slideshow is an experiment that we’re trying for encouraging first time listeners — people who often visit our site but have for some reason never been tempted to click on our player for a listen…


Comment by Amy Paa

November 12, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

What a moving podcast, it brought tears to my eyes. The story of teddy is truly universal, something that speaks to all generations and cultures. This book is one to have on bookshelves everywhere. Thank you Stephanie and Harry for immortalizing Lawrence’s experiences.

Comment by Bookie Woogie

November 13, 2008 @ 12:57 am

Great episode. And I loved, loved, loved the linked behind-the-scenes posts chronicling your workflow. It’s great to peek behind the curtain and see the creativity and effort that goes into your podcasts. You’re just as much storytellers as any of the authors you highlight. Thanks for all the time invested in bringing us these gems…

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[…] I finished the audio production work in the early evening and created a mix I was happy with. All it took was patience, listening, feel and an iterative approach to finding the pieces that best told the story. In the end, I went from seventy-eight minutes of recorded audio of the event to a nine-minutes and fifty-four seconds of reading excerpts and interview clips included in the show. My entire voice-over of introduction and narration was one-minute and seventeen seconds. The program is thirteen-minutes and sixteen seconds long and has been published under the name A Bear in War on the Just One More Book website. […]

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