Three Stories You Can Read to Your Teddy Bear


What does a cuddly stuffed teddy bear do
when no one else is at home? Chances are,
he’s not quietly sitting on the bed, staring
at the wall. He’s out and about having
adventures like the teddy bear in this book.
Cats and dogs beware!

Bored with sitting on a ...

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What does a cuddly stuffed teddy bear do
when no one else is at home? Chances are,
he’s not quietly sitting on the bed, staring
at the wall. He’s out and about having
adventures like the teddy bear in this book.
Cats and dogs beware!

Bored with sitting on a shelf day after day, a teddy bear sets out on three adventures and inadvertently gets the family dog and cat in trouble.

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Editorial Reviews

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"These lighthearted, easy-to-read tales are told from a stuffed animal's ingenuous point of view. . . . This fun-filled escapade will not disappoint fans of the other "Three Stories" books and may just win some new ones." —School Library Journal

"Miller's gently idiomatic prose is ideal for children just easing into early chapter books, and though Kelley's teddy bear is not as expressive as her "real-life" animals, her wiggly-lined watercolors do capture Teddy's unsteadiness on his feet." —Booklist, ALA
Children's Literature - Chelsea Couillard-Smith
An adventurous toy explores his surroundings in this early reader designed to be read by a child to a teddy bear. A short introduction suggests reading stories as one way to keep Teddy from becoming bored. Each of three chapters contains a brief episode in which Teddy ventures a little further into the world outside the bedroom. In chapter one, Teddy tries to walk for the first time, falling down the stairs in the process. In chapter two, Teddy masters sliding down the stairs and winds up in the kitchen, happily covered in honey. After a bath in the sink, he gets his first view of the outdoors as he dries on the windowsill, so it is no surprise that chapter three finds Teddy at play in the yard with the family pets. The three stories all end with the child returning home and blaming either the cat or the dog for Teddy's messes and his presence outside the bedroom. Miller employs lots of repetition, simple sentence structure, and plenty of sight words to create an accessible text for beginning readers. At the same time, multi-sentence paragraphs, dialogue, and varied text location on each spread make the book best suited to those who have moved beyond the easiest beginning readers. Additionally, the use of the second-person voice may be confusing. While the first chapter lacks action, Teddy's later adventures are engaging and amusing. Kelley's ink and watercolor illustrations add warmth and humor to Miller's text, and provide plenty of sight clues for struggling readers. Teddy's "friend" is never depicted as more than a pair of legs and possibly an arm, making this a good choice for young toy lovers regardless of gender. Overall, Miller and Kelley provide beginning readers with an appropriately supportive yet entertaining story with which to entertain their beloved teddy bears.
Publishers Weekly
Three Stories You Can Read to Your Teddy Bear by Sara Swan Miller, illus. by True Kelley, follows earlier books to be read to dogs and cats (perhaps targeted to children who aren't allowed pets). The second-person narrative proffers three stories about Teddy when his friend leaves each day (ostensibly for school). With a newly discovered ability to walk, Teddy sets out to explore the house; his exuberance is tempered by a healthy number of "bonks" to the nose as he tends to fall flat on his face every few steps. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
For anyone who has ever wondered what their teddy bear really does when they are gone, this is the book for them. And for anyone who wonders how an object seems to have moved by itself, well . . . . Told from an interesting perspective, this trio of tales is directed to one's teddy bear. It's easy to picture a little one clutching his or her favorite stuffed friend while being entertained by the humorous teddy mischief related in this book. Through the use of ink and watercolor illustrations, the adorable hero appears as the quintessential brown, fluffy teddy bear, complete with a red ribbon around his neck. In each story he comes to life when his human friend is gone. In the first tale, he learns to get off the bed, although he falls on his nose—ouch!—and down the stairs. In the second story, he ventures back downstairs, this time to the kitchen for some messy fun. In the third yarn, he spends an enjoyable day playing outside with the family dog. All the while he keeps his "secret," vowing to make sure his human friend never sees his magical moves. The pet dog and cat know, however, and they take the fall for his teddy-foolery. Since one story leads right into another, plan to read all three in one sitting, something to take into account at bedtime. 2003, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 3 to 8.
—Robbin Gould
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-These lighthearted, easy-to-read tales are told from a stuffed animal's ingenuous point of view. In the first, bored Teddy decides to see if he is capable of movement and discovers that he can walk, albeit in a bumbling fashion. Exploring, he tumbles down the stairs: "Who knew walking would be so hard on your nose?" When his owner finds him, the dog is blamed and the toy is returned to his post on the bed. In the second story, Teddy makes his way to the kitchen where he wreaks havoc in the cupboard until he finds and consumes a jar of honey. This time, the cat is blamed for the mess and the bear is subjected to an awful bath and placed on the windowsill to dry. The final chapter finds the stuffed animal tumbling out of the window and investigating the outdoors. He enjoys the new sensations and plays with the dog until his owner returns. Teddy earns another washing, but falls asleep contemplating further adventures: "And my friend will NEVER guess my secret!" Kelley's cartoon illustrations with their squiggly, busy lines are full of movement and humorous detail. The charming protagonist will win readers' affection as he bounces back from each pitfall, confidence intact. This fun-filled escapade will not disappoint fans of the other "Three Stories" books and may just win some new ones.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547744506
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 569,097
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

True Kelley has illustrated many books for children, including Stay! Keeper's Story by Lois Lowry. She lives with children's author Steven Lindblom and their daughter, Jada, in Warner, New Hampshire.

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