Superduper Teddy

Superduper Teddy

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by Johanna Hurwitz, Susan Jeschke

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Inside one shy boy...
Superman lives!

More than anything, Teddy wants to do something that his older sister, Nora, has never done. So when neighbor Anita hires Teddy to feed her cat while she's away, Teddy takes on the task. With his Superman cape, Teddy feels confident he can do a good job. And when the family needs a superduper pet, it's Teddy to the rescue!


Inside one shy boy...
Superman lives!

More than anything, Teddy wants to do something that his older sister, Nora, has never done. So when neighbor Anita hires Teddy to feed her cat while she's away, Teddy takes on the task. With his Superman cape, Teddy feels confident he can do a good job. And when the family needs a superduper pet, it's Teddy to the rescue!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Teddy is five and a bit on the timid side, especially compared to his older sister Nora, who is the exact opposite. But when he wears his Superman cape he feels braver and bigger and stronger than his older sister. Most of the time Teddy feels like he's in Nora's shadow and never gets to be the first to do anything but suddenly, things begin to change. Teddy is hired to watch a neighbor's cat (something that Nora has never done), he discovers a fruit new to family while on school trip and he even gets to push the alarm on the elevator (also something Nora has never done). Teddy's biggest triumph comes when he discovers the perfect family pet, and all without Nora's help. By taking small steps, Teddy slowly gains the confidence he needs to give up his Superman cape and carry on with the business of coming into his own. Typical sibling chemistry and amusing characters make this a great family read-aloud book. Part of the "Riverside Kids" books. 2001, HarperTrophy, . Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Trina Heidt

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Riverside Kids Series
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Chapter One

An Invitation for Teddy

Teddy lived in a medium-sized apartment building near Riverside Drive in New York City with his parents and his big sister, Nora. Nora was a real busybody, talking to strangers on the elevator, making new friends, and planning the games that she and Teddy would play. Teddy liked having a big sister. She had good ideas, and she taught him many things. Teddy different from Nora. He was shy.

"That's just the way he is," said Mommy, shrugging her shoulders.

"He'll outgrow it," said Daddy.

"He's silly," said Nora. She wasn't shy at all.

Still, Nora. was understanding and held Teddy's hand when they went visiting new people or when they went to the dentist's office for a checkup.

When he was with old friends like their neighbor Mrs. Wurmbrand, who was over eighty years old, or Russell, who lived on the second floor and was four years old, Teddy wasn't shy at all. Sometimes he even made so much noise and talked so much that everyone, including Teddy, forgot that he was ever the least bit shy.

When Teddy was only four years old, his mother had made him a Superman cape to wear on Halloween. Now, even though Teddy was five years old and it wasn't Halloween, he still liked to wear his cape around their apartment. Unlike pants, which became too short, or shoes, which became too tight, the cape still fit him fine.

Teddy liked to run through the hallway of the apartment with the red cape flying behind him as he shouted, "S-U-P-E-R-M-A-N." Then he felt bigger and stronger and smarter than Nora, even if he wasn't. When they played pretending games, Teddy would often changethem. So sometimes they played Snow White and Superman or Goldilocks and Superman. And even when they were playing checkers or sitting and listening to their father read a bedtime story, Teddy often liked to wear his cape. "It keeps me warm," he said.

One day Teddy came home from kindergarten holding an envelope that a boy named Bryan had given him. It was an invitation to a birthday party to be held on Saturday.

"I don't want to go," said Teddy.

"Oh, Teddy, of course you'll go," said his mother. "You don't want to hurt Bryan's feelings."

"It will hurt my feelings to go," Teddy explained.

Nora loved parties, and she had many invitations. There were twenty-five children in her second-grade class at school, and already, though it was only mid-October, she had been to four parties.

"Teddy, there will be cake and ice cream and games and prizes," she promised.

"I don't like games," said Teddy, who loved games at home but not away. "Especially pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey."

"You don't have to play anything you don't want to," said Mommy, "You can be an observer."

"Not if I don't go," observed Teddy. "I'm staying home."

When Saturday came, Teddy still didn't want to go to the party. Mommy took him to the store to buy a gift. They bought a set of dominoes because Mommy said, "Even if you don't go to the party, it will make Bryan sad not to get a present." She wrapped the box with paper that had cakes and candles and presents all over it.

"I'm staying home," said Teddy.

The party was at three o'clock. "Let's just take the present over to Bryan's house," said Mommy, "You don't have to stay."

"I'll stay home, and you can take it over," answered Teddy.

"We'll go together," said Mommy, taking Teddy's jacket out of the closet.

"I'm staying home," protested Teddy, as his mother zipped his jacket on him.

Teddy had never been to Bryan's house before. The invitation said he lived four blocks away, in an apartment building twice the size of Teddy's building.

At the entrance a doorman greeted them. He took one look at Teddy holding the wrapped gift and smiled. "Ah, you're going to the party."

"Yes, " said Mommy. She smiled back.

Teddy said nothing, but he knew that he was not going to the party.

"It's in apartment fifteen K," said the doorman. "The elevator is on your left."

Mommy and Teddy entered the building and walked toward the elevator.

"Teddy," Mommy said, "we'll just give Bryan his. present, and you can stay for a little while."

Teddy didn't answer, but he was determined not to stay.

On the fifteenth floor they had no trouble finding the apartment. Balloons were taped around the door, and there was a lot of noise coming from inside.

Mommy rang the bell, and the door was opened by a tall man.

"Happy birthday," said Mommy, "You must be the father of the birthday child."

"Yes, I am. Come in," the man said.

Mommy entered the apartment, pulling Teddy in with her. There were so many children that the room looked like a school.

"How many children are here?" Mommy asked in amazement. The parties for Nora and Teddy were usually limited to four or five friends.

"I think Ethel said thirty-five," the man answered. "It feels like a hundred."

"Well, Teddy," said Mommy, giving him a little push, "go and give your present to the birthday child."

Teddy didn't budge.

"Don't be shy. Go and play with your friends," she encouraged him.

"No," said Teddy, standing his ground. I don't know any of them. They are not my friends."

"Oh, Teddy," said Mommy, "of course you do. Go look for Bryan."

Suddenly a girl about the age and size of Nora came up to Teddy. "Who are you?" she asked.

"Teddy," whispered Teddy.

"What's in the package?"

"Dominoes," Teddy whispered...

Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz, the author of more than 70 popular children's books, began her career as a children's librarian working for the New York Public Library as well as school and other public libraries. Married and the mother of two grown children and grandmother of three, Johanna says that many of her books have grown out of family life or observations made during her library work. Her first book was Busybody Nora and it gradually grew into a series of fourteen books about city kids living in an apartment building. Nora and her brother Teddy as well as their neighbors Russell and Elisa interact with their neighbors and their city environment. Because they live near and play often in Riverside Park, this series was eventually named "The Riverside Kids." Each book is made up of six self-contained chapters which can be read individually or together.

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