Illustrated by Arnmin Greder. Published by Scholastic 1999.
A bear imprisoned in a medieval circus is forced to dance for the mocking crowd. Finally it can take the torment no longer and determines to set itself free. A powerful myth of the origin of Ursa Major.
Bologna Ragazzi: Fiction for Infants Category: Winner 2000.
Children's Book Council of Australia: Picture Book of the Year: Shortlisted 2000
'This book owes its extraordinary power to the splendid images which contain many sophisticated allusions to an impressive pictorial tradition extending from Honore Daumier to the German expressionists, whilst at the same time offering a coherent perspective full of engaging and seductive appeal.' Bologna judges' report.