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Theodore: The Adventures of a Smudgy Bear

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Theodore loves Lucy even though she's often careless with him. He's an old experienced bear, comfortably smudgy, and he knows that it's part of a bear's life to be forgotten in a closet now and then. But when he's accidentally mixed in with the laundry and gets washed and dried, he's suddenly so shiny-clean that Lucy doesn't recognize him. He needs to figure out a way to get himself smudgy and bearish again! Theodore is a classic, universal story of a stuffed animal's adventures - a precursor to Corduroy and ...

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Overview

Theodore loves Lucy even though she's often careless with him. He's an old experienced bear, comfortably smudgy, and he knows that it's part of a bear's life to be forgotten in a closet now and then. But when he's accidentally mixed in with the laundry and gets washed and dried, he's suddenly so shiny-clean that Lucy doesn't recognize him. He needs to figure out a way to get himself smudgy and bearish again! Theodore is a classic, universal story of a stuffed animal's adventures - a precursor to Corduroy and Knuffle Bunny. More than forty years after its original publication date, it's as fresh and endearing as ever, with help from Juli Kangas's happy, candy-colored new illustrations.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Teddy bears know that belonging to a little one often means getting a little dirty and sticky. Much loved Theodore is abandoned one day wearing too large pajamas and is accidentally bundled up with the laundry and taken to the Laundromat by Dad. In typical Dad fashion, laundry is never sorted or separated so Theodore is never discovered. After a harrowing tumble in the washer and dryer the now squeaky-clean bear is hardly recognizable by his owner, Lucy. Theodore is a clever bear however, and he enlists the help of some cats and dogs to rough and tumble him in the dirt until he looks like his old self. A relieved Lucy is overjoyed to find her smudgy friend after several days of searching and declares that he actually looks happy being a tad soiled. After being out of print for many years, this simple story has been given new life with fresh, inviting illustrations infused with warm colors. Pair this with Mo Willems' Knufflebunny, Hyperion, 2004 for a humorous lesson on the hazards of being too clean. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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PreS–Over the years, Lucy’s toy bear has gotten pretty dirty and sticky, but he’s comfortable with his smudges. When he is accidentally taken to the Laundromat and washed along with a pile of family clothes, he becomes too clean. He falls out of the clothes basket on the way home, but Lucy fails to recognize him when she tries to find him. The lovable bear determinedly sets about getting dirty again and all ends well as he bravely extricates himself from his predicament. This is a new edition of a 1966 story with fresh illustrations in bright watercolors that have a lot of child appeal. It would definitely be a good selection for a preschool storytime.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395366103
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/1984
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Edward Ormondroyd lives in Trumansburg, New York.

Juli Kangas lives in Kingwood, Texas.

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