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About Iris Argaman
Iris Argaman is the author of a number of books for children, including Bear and Fred, which was awarded the Yad Vashem Prize in Israel and the Giovanni Arpino Prize for Children’s Literature in Italy. She lives in Israel, where she is a lecturer on children’s literature, holds writing workshops, and writes activity books which promote museum education.
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The true story of a Jewish boy in hiding during World War II, as told by his teddy bear.
I felt Fred’s small hand grab me.
He patted me and whispered,
“Bear, I won’t leave you here all by yourself.
You are my best friend.”
Based on true events and beautifully illustrated, this is the story of a friendship that will last forever—told by Fred’s best friend, his beloved teddy bear.
During World War II, Fred must leave his home and live in hiding, apart from the rest of his family, but he always keeps Bear by his side. Bear knows it’s his job to take care of Fred and make sure he doesn’t feel alone.
After the war, Fred and his family are reunited and leave Holland for the United States. And still Bear is with him. When Fred grows up, he and Bear part for the first time when Bear is sent to Yad Vashem—the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel, where this book was first published—to show the power of hope, friendship, and love.
La storia dell’Orsetto e del suo padroncino Fred, il racconto di un’amicizia profonda negli anni tragici della Seconda guerra mondiale. A narrarla è proprio l’Orsetto, che per tutto il tempo ha tenuto compagnia al bambino dalla tasca del cappotto o sul davanzale di una finestra. Da lui apprendiamo come e perché i genitori di Fred furono costretti a nascondere il figlio (e con lui l’Orsetto) presso altre famiglie, del loro lungo peregrinare e della persecuzione nazista degli ebrei. Entrambi sono sopravvissuti alla Shoah. Fred ha poi lasciato l’Olanda e da allora vive negli Stati Uniti. L’Orsetto dà testimonianza della sua storia di sopravvissuto allo Yad Vashem, il memoriale dell’Olocausto a Gerusalemme.