Publication Date: October 7, 2004
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Gina Wilson's endearing story and Paul Howard's warmly glowing illustrations are a snug and cozy treat for any child who has ever loved a bear.
Grandma shares her cottage with bears named Arthur, Aggie, Tumtum, and Floss, and tonight Nat is going to meet them for the first time. He's a little nervous, of course. "Are they fierce?" he asks Grandma. "Not when I'm around," she replies. And sure enough, Nat discovers that Grandma's bears are full of surprises! Just like him, they love having someone around to play with, bring treats, help with baths, read a story, and best of all, cuddle up for a good night's sleep.
Gina Wilson teaches creative writing and has written several novels for young adults, a book of poetry for children, and three picture books for young children, including IGNIS, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. Of this book she says, "If I ever have a little grandson like Nat, who comes to stay with me all on his own, I hope I have a household of bears to keep him busy until bedtime, and then a special extra bear for that scary moment when he's tucked up alone in a strange bed, in the shadowy dark. That's the kind of grandma I¹d like to be!" Gina Wilson lives in Oxfordshire, England.
Paul Howard has illustrated many books for young people, including THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Jill Tomlinson and FULL, FULL, FULL OF LOVE by Trish Cooke. Of this book he says, "I wanted Nat to feel at home with all the bears, so I colored them in soft pastel pencils to make him want to hug them all." Paul Howard lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.