You can see me being brave in a new book called When A Brave Bear Fights Cancer: A Get Well Soon Gift, by Carola Schmidt. In the book, I’m a little bear who gets a bad sickness called cancer. Sometimes I am worried and often I am scared because cancer is scary, and always I am trying very hard to be brave. The book is to help kids feel much more brave, like me, when they are getting treatment.
It is illustrated by Mark O’Dwyer who is my Guardian . All the bears in our house helped. You can see Big Gus in the laboratory, and Stitches and Paddy who are patients too in the ward, and Little Teddy who is my very own teddy bear who I got for my birthday. The next picture is me with Little Teddy and Dr Caddy and Nurse Bree.
Here is the story of how I got my name. I was the first bear to arrive in Mawson’s house after Mawson. My job was to sit in the microwave oven and get warmed up. Then I would cuddle people when they were not well and make them feel warm and better. Mawson was amazed that I went calmly into the oven.
‘You are so brave’, he said. ‘And I wear trews’, I said proudly.
Mawson told me that everyone in Scotland is brave and it’s also where trews come from. So I became Scotland The Brave. Mawson assured me that people in Scotland don’t sit in microwave ovens, so I stopped doing it. Nowadays, I am brave in all kinds of other ways. I also deliver the post.
Here’s me with my postie hat and post box and my trusty truck. You can see me again sitting in this chair when you look in the new book!
Scotty’s Guardian: Thank you Scotty. And now a word about When A Brave Bear Fights Cancer. Carola Schmidt is an award-winning author of children’s cancer books, and uses her experience as a pediatric oncology pharmacist to write scientific books for Springer Nature. You can usually find her on Twitter @_CarolaSchmidt. And you can find Scotty and his friends and Me, Mark, right here on this WordPress Den and at Baffled Bear Books.
You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is a Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of Dreamy Days and Random Naps and of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In and She Ran Away From Love.
‘This little story made me well up. A lovely, poignant story with delightful illustrations.’ Jackie Law, Amazon Top 500 reviewer, about It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost in.
The book brings back such nostalgic memories that it made it comforting, like a old security blanket.’ FNM Book reviews about Bright World.