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The Girl who Speaks Bear: 1 Paperback – 5 September 2019

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Charming and wintry, with a flavour of Russian fairy tales. ― The Sunday Times

The wildest imaginings have the ring of truth in this spooky fable. ― The Telegraph

[An] enchanting story. ― The Daily Telegraph

Written with passion and compassion, Anderson's talent as a weaver of magic and creator of evocative landscapes is growing with every book. ― Daily Mail

Marvellously-drawn characters and a timeless style of prose. ― BookTrust

About the Author

Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspires Sophie's novels. Now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie enjoys the freedom of homeschooling her four children, fell-walking and daydreaming. Sophie's first novel, The House with Chicken Legs, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the British Book Awards' Children's Fiction Book of the Year and the Branford Boase Award, as well as winning lots of regional awards.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Usborne Publishing Ltd (5 September 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1474940676
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1474940672
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 344 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.3 x 2.5 x 20 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ United Kingdom
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 11 September 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grandma's tale
By Ajay Sawant on 11 September 2019
Sophia Anderson returns again with this wonderful story that would best fit to the ones our grandmother told us to a good sleep. The story begins with a abandoned girl in a bear cave dragged into a small village atmosphere until she starts finding herself turning a bear. The urge to return back to the forest, explore the mountains and play in the rivers.
The story follows the path of young girl set on discovery her family past and her place of belonging. To a part it was relatable to say we are often no less Yanka- unknow and wanting to know our roots. The story is questionable and explanatory and what we mean is it's satisfactory . We loved the sense of having Yanka gradually learn of her belonging and not in a moment, it was a journey of and not a destiny.
This wasn't a amazement to me about Sophia's skill to make the reader stick to the book, her words will get you a clear cut imagination of what she wants you to. The book rather felt more illustrated without illustration with her wonderful language - lucid, beautiful, simple and much a fusion of most styles. We loved how she describes bonds between Yanka and her friends and everyone who accompanied her.
Anyone literally of any age can sit along and enjoy this literary adventure featuring the snowy mountains and Yanka's adventures. The book gave a vibe of 'The wizard of Oz' how she's accompanied by different characters in her journey.
Overall it was a great read and I would definitely recommend giving it a try. It's a must have book for any child to make his childhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yanka the Bear Bursts to Life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars An heirloom to pass on
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A special book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Camp fire Classic!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Camp fire Classic!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2020
Yanka is a girl like no other. When her happy, settled life begins to change in unexpected ways, she sets out to search for her true identity, which is steeped in snowy myth and legend. These incredible, transformational tales are the very bedrock of her existence, and she uses them to figure out where she fits into her own more pragmatic world. A voyage of self discovery and acceptance, it’s the very magic of this folklore that helps Yanka understand where she comes from, and more importantly who she is now.

Read aloud I can imagine this takes on a totally different dimension, the kind that makes you long for snowy forests and blazing camp fires, and just thinking about it now makes me want to toast some marshmallows! I was swept along by this enchanting tale.

The beautiful cover, dreamy illustrations, richly textured language and vivid descriptions all place you right in the heart of the forest with Yanka and her band of faithful friends. It’s a story told from the outside in, so the author works her way back to the core of the tale where all the answers lie, a clever device that keeps the reader engaged and yearning for more.

A truly wonderful read for all ages and I can’t wait for Anderson’s next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book for any age!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2019
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