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The Teddy Bear

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    This is a story that most children will be able to identify with

    This is a story that most children will be able to identify with if they have a most favourite toy or blankie that they love ... literally... to pieces.  The little boy in the story has his most cherished teddy beside him at all times.  They are inseparable, and even if the family goes away on a trip, teddy goes along too.  On one such trip the family stops in a diner to refuel and sadly the little boy's teddy is accidentally left behind and then tossed out in the dumpster.  "He lay squashed in a dark, smelly place, even though he had a fine fur coat he was beginning to get a chill.

    A forsaken, homeless man, searching for his next meal, rescues the abandoned teddy and claims him as his own.  Then strangely enough, one day in the park the little boy spots his beloved teddy on a bench and is delights to have him back once again in his life.

    The little boy notices the despair and anguish on the poor homeless man's face when the man suddenly realizes what is happening with his teddy.  The little boy happily hands over his most valued treasure as a gift to the heavyhearted, dispossessed man knowing how much the old man cares for the teddy bear and how much it means to him.

    The pen-and-watercolour illustrations add so much sub-text to the story.  They are filled with soft shading and cross-hatching making them look vintage and inviting the reader to be present in the story.   This wonderful tale of compassion will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face as you realize what a sacrifice this little boy is making to bring a poor, rejected outcast some happiness and joy by relinquishing his teddy bear over to him. Teddy is the winner in this tale because he never loses that feeling of being special and loved by both the little boy and the homeless man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    teacher recommended

    As an elementary school teacher who has taught every grade, I do not hesitate to read this tremendous book to my classes. This is by far one of my top five all time favorite picture books. It has timeless themes of loss, selflessness, and thankfulness. I am always surprised that this book has not received the acclaim I believe it truly deserves. It should be a staple of ever teacher's classroom library. I wish there were more picture books of this caliber out there because I definitely would purchase them. If you buy this book you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2003

    Great heart warming book

    My daughter and I first got this at the library. We loved it so much that we bought our own copy. It has great lessons concerning sharing and caring for others. I love this book!

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