How the Bear Lost His Tail

And Other Stories of the Forest

By John Townsend (Author), Martina Peluso (Illustrator)

Series Animal Stories for Bedtime


Pub Date 3/22/2022

ISBN 9781913971595

Format Hardcover



How the Bear Lost His Tail

And Other Stories of the Forest

by John Townsend, Martina Peluso
Inspired by traditional folktales from around the world, this volume in the Animal Stories for Bedtime series features fantastical, mesmerizing tales about how different forest animals came to resemble the species that we know today.

Told over generations, often around campfires in the dead of night, these tales come from many cultures around the world. Whether beginning in the forests of Africa, America, Australia, or Europe, the stories in this book go back a long way, but here they are retold with new twists and turns for the bedtimes of today. This collection contains eight engaging stories including “How the Frog Became King of the Marshes,” “Why Owls Stare,” and “Why Dogs Became Our Friends.” They mix humor, suspense, a few scares, and charming full-color artwork to irresistible effect.

John Townsend was a secondary school teacher before becoming a writer of informative and entertaining children's books. 

Martina Peluso studied printing at the Institute of Art in Naples. Based in Edinburgh, she has worked for many advertising and publishing companies.

Title Details

Pages 96 pages, all in color

Trim 8.43 x 10.3 x 0 Inches

Territories US/Can

Category Fiction

Age Range 5 and up