The first time Sarah saw Big Bear was on a school outing. He looked just like Mr T, her teddy, only much, much bigger. Big Bear looked sad. So Sarah started talking to him. “Don’t be sad,” she said softly. “I’m here.” She told him he was not alone. She told him not to worry and she told him secrets that nobody else knew. But when Sarah went home that afternoon, there were suitcases and boxes in the hallway. She heard angry voices and then Daddy drove away in his car. “Don’t worry, darling,” Mum said. “You and I are going to be just fine.” But that night Sarah couldn’t sleep. And before long, someone climbed through her window. “Don’t be sad,” said a soft voice. “I’m here.” And there was Big Bear. Before long, they were having loads of adventures together… A sensitive, moving story about a child’s experience of divorce and loss, and the wonderful healing power of the imagination and stories.
Wendy Hartmann is one of the most prolific and acclaimed children’s book authors in South Africa. Her books such as Nina en Eendjie/Nina and Little Duck (M.E.R. Prize for Illustrated Children’s Books), Theo die biblioteekkat/Theo the Library Cat (honourable mention for the Katrine Harries Award), Net Sisi/Just Sisi (M.E.R. Prize), All the Magic in the World (Children’s Book Forum honour list, Bookchat Award) and One Sun Rises (United States Parent’s Choice Award for best illustrations) have garnered awards both locally and overseas. Wendy lives in Cape Town. She is married and has two daughters. Zinelda McDonald lives in Pretoria. She obtained an honours degree in graphic design at the University of North West’s Potchefstroom campus. As a student she already developed her own unique style. She has illustrated many children’s books, textbooks and educational guides, and her publications include Die coolste ouma op aarde, Kougom in my hare, Op die punt van my tong, Wiskunde gee my maagpyn and Moenie hierdie boek eet nie! She received an ATKV Children’s Book Award for her illustrations in Marita van der Vyver’s Die coolste ouma op aarde and the IBBY/Exclusive Books Prize for Moenie hierdie boek eet nie!.