The story is told from the point of view of Teddy, which helps to personalize the experience of war for children. The book gently reinforces the importance of always remembering the sacrifices made by so many Canadian soldiers in wartime. The art is a mix of beautiful soft paintings by Brian Deines and photos of memorabilia, including letters and family photos from the Rogers family, newspaper clippings, a recruitment poster, and Lawrence Browning Rogers' war medals.
Key Porter is doing two launches for the book- one in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum, and the other at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg (just north of Toronto). Here is the information about the events for those who would like to attend:
- Ottawa: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at the Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Gallery. The Teddy exhibit will be moved to the LeBreton gallery for the event. There wll be a reading by the authors, during which the pages of the book will be projected onto a large screen. The museum will have their WWI historian on hand to talk about the exhibit. Kid-friendly refreshments will be served following the presentations.
- Kleinburg: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sunday, November 9th, 2008 at the McMichael Gallery, in connection with the gallery’s Family Sundays program. Author readings will occur at 1:30 and 2:30 and illustrator Brian Deines will conduct art workshops throughout the day. There will be activities for children and kid-friendly refreshments will be served. The Canadian War Museum has generously offered to arrange for Teddy to be on hand for the event.