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Can Bears Ski?

Written by Raymond Antrobus

Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Early Years Animal Stories Bedtime Stories for Children

Can Bears Ski? Synopsis

The debut children's book from Ted Hughes award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus that tracks a father-and-son journey into the discovery and management of deafness. This new paperback edition includes an illustrated BSL alphabet. Boy Bear cannot hear Dad Bear coming to wake him up in the morning but he can feel the floor vibrate with his heavy footsteps. He can only grasp little bits of what his teacher says to him at school. He cannot catch what his friends are laughing at. And, all the time, Boy Bear keeps hearing the question, Can Bears ski? What does it mean? With the support of Dad Bear, Boy Bear visits an audiologist and, eventually, he gets hearing aids. Suddenly, he understands the question everyone has been asking him: CAN YOU HEAR ME? Raymond Antrobus, the award-winning poet of The Perseverance, draws on his own experience to show how isolating it can be for a deaf child in a hearing world. But through his lyrical and moving words, matched with Polly's stunning imagery, he also shows how many ways there are to communicate love. With a solid network, Boy Bear will find his place in the world.

Can Bears Ski? Press Reviews

This multi-layered, skilfully woven story provides a brilliant insight into how children make sense of their experience when they don't have the words to describe it. - The Scotsman

The detail of how Little Bear can feel the vibration of Dad's feet on the floor rather than hear his voice in the morning, and how he can feel the crunch of the snow under his feet when he walks to school, as well as the experience of visiting an audiologist, bring an authenticity to the depiction of being deaf or hard of hearing in childhood alongside a lovely story told in a relatable child voice. - BookTrust

This is a powerful and beautifully created book. - Able

The story is direct and straight-forward without ignoring either the best times or the challenging times for those who are lip reading and/or have hearing loss. Colourful full-page illustrations will capture the attention of both children and their families. This is a book which should certainly have a place in every primary school for children, teachers, parents and staff. - The School Librarian

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406394627
Publication date: 3rd February 2022
Author: Raymond Antrobus
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Animal Stories, Bedtime Reading, Disability / Special Needs

About Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre, and in January 2021 he was awarded an MBE for his services to literature in 2021.His adult poetry collection The Perseverence was published to great acclaim, earning him the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Ted Hughes Award and was a Sunday Times & The Guardian Poetry Book of the Year Awards. His latest poetry collection, All the Names Given, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Can Bears Ski? is his first picture book. ...

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