Can Bears Ski?


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Author: Raymond Antrobus
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

9781406394627 | PB | pp. 40 | 2022 | Walker Books

Can Bears Ski? is a beautifully illustrated story where a father and son journey into the discovery and management of deafness with love.

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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 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.


Raymond Antrobus
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar







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About the Contributors

The author is a British poet, educator and writer, who has been performing poetry since 2007. As a young child he was thought to have learning difficulties until his deafness was discovered when he was six years old.

The illustrator studied illustration at Brighton Art School and now lives and works in London. She is the author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie, she thinks that colour is a brilliant way to cheer yourself up and whenever she’s feeling grey, she puts on her best pink frock and paints! Polly is the daughter of the distinguished author Joyce Dunbar who she collaborated with on the picture books Shoe Baby and Pat-a-Cake Baby. She is the author of the Tilly and Friends series, which is now a TV show. She is also the illustrator of My Dad’s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon, written by David Almond, and Here’s a Little Poem, an anthology of poems for very young children.


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