Big Bear was not the Same

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From the author of The Memory Box, the best-selling book about grief, comes a compassionate, child-friendly story about trauma, empathy, and friendship.


One scary day can change everything . . .

Little Bear loves the woods, his home, and going on adventures with his best friend, Big Bear. Big Bear is so big and strong and brave. He always protects Little Bear and helps him feel safe. Then something scary happens to Big Bear. He's caught in a forest fire. Even after he escapes and is safe, Little Bear can tell that Big Bear is not the same. He runs, roars, or freezes in fear when ordinary things happen in the woods that remind him of that traumatic day. How can Little Bear's big, strong, brave friend be so scared now? And how can Little Bear be a good friend?

In Big Bear Was Not the Same, Joanna Rowland, author of the bestelling book The Memory Box, gently introduces young readers to the common feelings of fear, anxiety, and anger that can follow a traumatic event, and shows them how to have empathy and compassion for themselves and for loved ones experiencing the effects of trauma.

Includes backmatter written by a family therapist with information on how to talk about trauma with children. 

Joanna Rowland grew up in Sacramento, California, where she still lives today with her husband and three children. She teaches kindergarten by day and writes picture books at night. In the summer, you'll find her at the pool coaching synchronized swimming or cozying up with a book. She is the author of The Memory Box: A Book about Grief; The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families; Stay Through the Storm; When Things Are Hard, Remember; and Big Bear Was Not the Same.

John Ledda was born and raised in southeast Michigan. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue his MFA at the Academy of Art University. He is the illustrator of Kiki Kicks by Jane Yolen and Ariel Stemple, Big Bear Was Not the Same by Joanna Rowland, and other titles.

"Joanna Rowland has a gift for telling stories that help children heal." --Anna Shinoda, author of Learning Not to Drown and senior advisor to the Campaign to Change Direction, Books Change Direction Initiative

"An accessible, age-appropriate primer that sheds light on trauma and PTSD." --Publishers Weekly

"This tender read-aloud gently affirms that healing takes time, support, and lots of love." --Laura Renauld, author of Porcupine's Pie, Bear's Bicycle, and Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

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