Who is belbaer?
at first I will introduce myself to you readers of my website.
My name is
Bärbel, a German variety of Barbara, which means little Barbara. Because of my
special bear liking it was quite obvious that I hit upon ‘belbaer’ for my
my whole life until now I am living at Berlin’s north western edge. I am
married to the best husband in the world since 1975. Unfortunately our marriage
wasn’t blessed with children. Instead of them I got very seriously ill and had
to get over several surgeries.
all these boring days in hospital I began to write stories for children.
first these stories were meant being special presents at Christmas for our
nieces and nephews and friends children, too. But as time went by the stories
took their independent way by ending as published books.
the days of my childhood on I am fond of teddy bears! To be honest I never
really liked dolls! I always preferred bears! Nowadays I think I really became
arctophile! I am collecting teddy bears: from ancient times until today’s soft
plushies! The only thing that matters to me is the expression of a bear’s face
when I look at him the first time.
Fortunately my husband shares my passion for
teddy bears, which means that we sharing our home with many of them. We are a
eleven years ago my dear mother-in-law gave a lovely little Russ Berrie teddy
bear to my husband as a gift for his 50th birthday. The bear was named Gregory
and became a very well known bear being the hero of my second book “Gregorys
bärenstarke Geschichten” (Gregory’s beary tales”).
a collector of Steiff teddy bears I found out about the fascinating history of
a red Steiff bear made in 1908. This special bear belongs to the British bear
collector Ian Pout and his name is ‘Alfonzo’.
Because of my investigations I
decided to write a book about ‘Alfonzo’ and his life from his point of view.
The result was “Alfonzo, der rote Bär und die weiße Prinzessin” (“Alfonzo, the
red teddy bear and the white Princess”).
using the internet, I made the acquaintance of many bear lovers and collectors.
One of those is my friend Michèle, a French bear making lady, who lives in
Germany. Two of her favourite bears became the heroes of my 4 book
“Benjamin und Olaf – Abenteuer zweier Schutzengelbären” (Benjamin & Olaf –
adventures of two Guardian Angel bears”). Together
with a quantity of soft toy animal lovers, we established an internet community: www.canbesocial.com . Our favourite teddy bears or other animals are the site members and we are pretending the communication with one another. By the time
we became friends even in real life. I had to improve my English to stay in
daily contact with the friends all over the world. As a result I even
started writing in English. The bear Gregory began to write his travel diaries
and published them on the cbs website.
today I have published three travel diaries “Notes of a travelling bear” on BoD
fun for the Fofurree friends. I am thinking about publishing these diaries on
BoD classic to make them available worldwide if the demand and interest would
rise. I would be very pleased to get your feedback by using the contact widget
on this site.
In 2012 I made the acquaintance of a wonderful English lady who became my editor for the translation of my newest book"Little Beavers Geheimnisse".
I started my big translation adventure and in December 2012 my first ever English book was published at BoD.
aim is to enrich the fantasy of my readers of all ages and to give them a
little escape from the cruelty of today’s world.Come on and join me!