Old Bob's Brown Bear

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A tribute to worn-in, fiercely loved bears

When Emma's grandfather, Old Bob, gets a teddy bear for his birthday, Emma is jealous. Old Bob just puts Teddy on a shelf with dusty books, which isn't loving the bear as Emma thinks he should be loved. With a bit of persuasion, Teddy is allowed to go on vacation with Emma - a holiday that stretches into years packed with tea ...

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Overview

A tribute to worn-in, fiercely loved bears

When Emma's grandfather, Old Bob, gets a teddy bear for his birthday, Emma is jealous. Old Bob just puts Teddy on a shelf with dusty books, which isn't loving the bear as Emma thinks he should be loved. With a bit of persuasion, Teddy is allowed to go on vacation with Emma - a holiday that stretches into years packed with tea parties and trips to the beach, until Teddy is a ragged-eared, worn-nosed sort of bear. Which, Emma realizes, is just the sort of bear Old Bob can love.

With spunky watercolors and a story garnished with an unusual intergenerational twist or two, Niki Daly helps close the gap between grandparent and grandchild in this charming ode to the powers of a well-loved bear.

Old Bob gets a teddy bear for his birthday because he never had one as a child, but his grandaughter, thinking the bear deserves better than to be stuck between dusty books, wants to take him home.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Emma's grandpa has always wanted a fuzzy-wuzzy teddy bear but when he receives a new one for his birthday, it's obvious to Emma that, "Old Bob didn't LOVE his brown bear." After a bit of a fuss, she is allowed to take Teddy to her house where he gets the full treatment: trips to the beach, cuddles, bubble baths, and snuggles. Teddy's vacation becomes an extended stay, and the new stuffed animal becomes threadbare. Emma grows and eventually abandons him for other toys. A few years later, when Old Bob notices and covets the by-now much-loved bear at the bottom of her toy box, Emma recognizes that the hugged-to-pieces Teddy has become exactly what Old Bob needs. This loving family and their cozy surroundings shine through the lighthearted watercolor vignettes of Teddy's adventures. The alternating full- and double-page illustrations gently but firmly set the story's pace. Both Emma and Old Bob are multidimensional characters; she is a combination of feisty toddler and a bear's best friend and he is a pragmatic adult with a child's sensibility. From the endpapers of the bear cavorting to the sweet satisfaction of the final three-way hug, this touching tale is perfect for one-on-one sharing or as a thoughtful addition to the standard storytime themes of either teddy bears or grandparents.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Proclaiming that as a child he's never had a teddy bear to love, Old Bob is surprised with the gift of a brand-new bear on his birthday. Watching as he stows the new stuffed animal on a shelf between musty books, Emma is able to persuade her grandfather to part with him for a while. A small vacation quickly stretches into several years, as Emma and Teddy become fast friends and Emma continues to insist on keeping him. After many excursions to the beach, tea parties, countless bubble baths, and the love that only a small child can bestow on a stuffed animal, Emma has finally moved on to other interests. At last she's ready to return Teddy to Old Bob who welcomes the now threadbare toy with open arms. Burying his face into the soft and fuzzy fur, Old Bob can smell something wonderful. Somewhere deep beneath the scent of sunscreen, fruit juice, and bubble bath, "Old Bob could smell lots and lots of . . . love!" Softly smudged watercolor paintings capture all of the moments of child and bear together as well as the tender relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Young readers will want to bring a stuffed friend along when reading this one. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374356125
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/9/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 12.02 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Niki Daly is the creator of several acclaimed picture books, including What's Cooking, Jamela?, which Kirkus Reviews called "a charmer" in a starred review. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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