Old Bear is celebrating his 30th birthday this year and Story Snug would like to wish him many happy returns! We’d also like to send our congratulations to Jane Hissey for creating so many loveable, memorable characters and for writing such wonderfully humorous and entertaining stories.
Today we are absolutely delighted to introduce you to Jane’s brand new character who joins the playroom friends to help celebrate Old Bear’s birthday.
Meet Elsie the Elephant!
Elsie’s special birthday present for Old Bear gets her into a bit of trouble in Jane’s newest book, ‘Happy Birthday Old Bear’, which will be published on September 28th.
We love the cover picture showing Elsie standing on Old Bear’s knee 🙂
Happy 30th Birthday Old Bear! Thank you to you and your friends for giving us so much entertainment over the years.
Jane’s first picture book, ‘Old Bear’ was published in 1986. Since then, Jane has written and illustrated over 20 picture books, each one taking a year to illustrate.
Illustrated using coloured pencils, Jane’s books feature soft-toy characters and everyday objects that belong to her or her family. ‘Old Bear’ himself was given to her by her grandmother when she was born. He has travelled with Jane throughout the world and visited schools, libraries and literary events.
The 40 episode television series of ‘Old Bear Stories’ won many international awards including a BAFTA and a NY Film Festival Gold Award.
Jane has three grown-up children and lives with her husband, Ivan, who is also an illustrator.
My favourite Old Bear characters are Little Bear and Rabbit and my daughter loves Hoot and Jolly Tall. Do you have a favourite character from Jane Hissey’s stories?