Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 9, 2021

Book Giveaway: BEVAN: A Well-Loved Bear by Petra Brown

Petra Brown has written and illustrated a new picture book, BEVAN: A Well-Loved Bear, published by Sleeping Bear Press. SBP has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Petra.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Bevan is a very old bear. His fur is rather patchy and tatty, but he’s just as lovable as ever. Follow Bevan on his adventures from family to family from decade to decade, bringing comfort and love wherever he goes–and discover the life our stuffed friends have after they leave our homes.

BOOK JOURNEY:

Think back to your childhood. What was the toy you loved most? My sister and I had some great board games; I really loved modelling clay; Spirograph was difficult to master but great fun; but the dolls and the soft animals, they were different, they were friends. Sadly, when I was around twelve, I decided I was too old for all those babyish trappings and, in a moment of cold hearted madness, I gave them all away. I feel really sore now that I no longer have my sweet, little white bear – ‘Snowy’. What was I thinking! But, hopefully at the bring-and-buy sale that I donated him to, Snowy was bought and given to another little girl or boy and they loved him. It would be fun to know his history. Perhaps Snowy is still around somewhere… still loved.


My new book ‘Bevan, A Well-Loved Bear’ follows the history of a very old bear, from his first days in an Edwardian nursery all the way
through to present day, moving between families, and across America. There’s even a hint of a future story on the book’s cover.

Originally I had written the story as a tale set in the UK. I thought it would be fun to use a toy teddy as a vehicle to show the way times
have changed and the different types of places people live. I had imagined Bevan starting his long journey in a Victorian nursery in a
grand townhouse. From here I thought the juxtaposition of a rich to poor life would be interesting and moved him to a tiny miner’s house. Then I thought it would be good to explore two alternative living spaces and lifestyles- a painted Gypsy caravan and a barge on a busy canal. Then a muddy farm, a charity shop, the top of a high rise flat. At some point he would be a mascot on a TV game show. He’d then spend a long time lying forgotten in a dusty cupboard, to be rediscovered in modern day times, by me!

Sleeping Bear Press liked the idea but wanted to transpose the setting to America. So, we started the story in the early 1900s, which was when US toymaker Morris Michtom first made his ‘Teddy Bear’. The American version of the story follows a similar route to the British version.

We start in a large suburban house in Illinois where- ‘The children had lots of wonderful toys, and Bevan joined in all their games’. Next, a shabby tenement house in Chicago where Bevan was ‘Treated like a king!’. From there to a working lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Then a ranch in North Carolina- ‘Bevan and the little boy would share a saddle and ride the trails’. He spends some time sitting on the counter in a soda shop- ‘Bevan’s Fur smelled of vanilla, raspberry sauce, and chocolate.’ Bevan then goes touring across the states in a psychedelic hippy bus and ends up in Sausalito on a houseboat. Next Bevan is lost at camp and ends up in the Lost and Found ‘Dust grew thick on his fur. But nobody came to claim him.’. From here he’s ‘put in a box along with the other forgotten things and taken to the thrift store in town.’ Bevan is not here long before he is bought and taken to live in the last home, a lovely seaside house on the west coast. ‘He sits in the window and the seagulls peck the glass to say hello.’

PETRA’S BIO:

Petra Brown has been a children’s book illustrator since 2006 when her first picture book If Big Can… I Can written by Beth Shoshan and published by Meadowside, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards for Best Emerging Illustrator. Since then she has produced illustrations for a range of publishers around the world. She is also the author and illustrator of the children’s book When the Wind Blew.

Her lucky break came in 2006 with her first picture book ‘If Big Can… I Can.’ written by Beth Shoshan and published by Meadowside. It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards. Petra lives in North Wales, UK. She is represented by Plum Pudding Illustration Agency. Petra was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to take a look.

Petra sent in some character sketches of the children in the book. I thought you would enjoy seeing them.


Petra, thank you for sharing your book, journey, and sketches with us. I love how this stuffed furry bear is shared from one generation to the next in this family. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Kathy & Petra, I am so glad you did this post. Wow what a wonderful book. It would be awesome to pair it with Bear is a Bear and Old Bear. I love Petra’s illustrations & character sketches.
    I’ve shared the post on Twitter, FB, & Instagram. And I am a regular subscriber to your blog Kathy.

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  2. I love it! We all (surely) have a favorite stuffed animal we loved to pieces when we were young. Such a charming story! Congrats, Petra!

    I tweeted this and I follow by email, Kathy. 🙂

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  3. This book sounds SO good and I will definitely be checking it out! Thanks so much for sharing : )

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  4. Look forward to reading this bear book. Loved When the Wind Blew.

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  5. I still have one of my childhood bears–my mom threw away my others when I wasn’t home one day and I cried! I love the idea of your beautiful book. I’m an email subscriber and shared: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570620215295900489

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  6. Congrats, Petra! This book looks adorable.

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  7. Wow! This book is GORGEOUS! Congratulations, Petra!

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  8. I still have the first stuffed animal I had as a baby!

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  9. This looks like such a lovely story. I still own my first teddy bear and several dolls. Reading about Bevan’s journey makes me want to hold them close. I’ll be tweeting about this giveaway.

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  10. I love this! I think we can all relate to a well-loved stuffed animal. It made me think of The Velveteen Rabbit which is still a favorite of my grown up daughter. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This is an adorable book. I will pass on the giveaway as I have a copy already. Thanks for the post.

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  12. How GORgeous is this book?! Everything about it screams “warm” ❤ Sharing!

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  13. Petra what a creative idea for a PB Book. I have a beloved stuffed toy and my Barbies are still tucked away too. What a clever hook to have the toy span through a century to highlight the changes to the world. i love it. As a teacher a look for books to share with children the idea of the last 100 years. Good luck in your writing journey. I will post on FB and Twitter for 2 more chances to win and share the book with my students.

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