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Paperback 8” x 10”
35 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-089-1


by Laura Bantlyladybugbear_cover
illustrated by Thomas Block

Join Ladybug Bear on a great adventure!

A baby black bear “comes to life” in a West Virginia toy shop and faces many challenges as she finds her way to a loving home in Maine. In an adventure that is hopeful, frightening and finally fulfilling, How Ladybug Bear Came to Maine will resonate with any reader who has ever struggled with being different.


Children have been an active part of Laura’s life, from teaching elementary school, owning a private kindergarten and nursery school, raising four children and enjoying grandchildren.

After living in six Maine towns, Laura and her husband have settled in Yarmouth, but have spent summers at their Readfield camp for the past 35 years, surrounded by trees, glistening water, and nature’s lessons.

The story of How Ladybug Bear Came to Maine has also been expanded and adapted into a short musical for children, making it a great format for middle and high school ages to present. Inquiries on the musical may be directed to the author/playwright at tnlbantly[at]