Where Teddy Bears Come From

Where Teddy Bears Come From

by Mark Burgess, Russell Ayto
     
 

In the middle of a deep, dark forest, all the creatures are fast asleep. Except for a little gray wolf who can't sleep a wink. But the little wolf knows just what he needs to get a good night's sleep: a teddy bear to cuddle, just like in his favorite story book. So the next morning little wolf sets off on an adventure to find a teddy bear. But exactly where

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Overview

In the middle of a deep, dark forest, all the creatures are fast asleep. Except for a little gray wolf who can't sleep a wink. But the little wolf knows just what he needs to get a good night's sleep: a teddy bear to cuddle, just like in his favorite story book. So the next morning little wolf sets off on an adventure to find a teddy bear. But exactly where do teddy bears come from? The little wolf asks the Wise Owl, but he doesn't know. He asks the Three Little Pigs, but they suggest he speak to Little Red Riding Hood. Finally, when he is very tired the little wolf stumbles upon a kindly man with a bright red suit and a long white beard who needs a helping hand. But good deeds never go unrewarded. So when the little wolf wakes up the next morning there is a soft, cuddly surprise at the foot of his bed...and the answer to his question. Author Mark Burgess has woven an amusing, satisfying story that features a steadfast character and a memorable cast of familiar faces and story elements from favorite fairytales. While Russell Ayto's distinctively quirky illustrations offer surprising perspectives and colorfully capture the delightful humor of the story.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A glass of milk, a cuddle with mom and a bedtime story don't help a small gray wolf fall asleep; what he needs is a teddy bear. Determined to find out where they come from, he journeys through a fairy tale wood where he meets the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Santa Claus (and is repeatedly mistaken for a “big bad wolf”). When he fixes the flat tire on Santa's “big red truck,” he's aptly rewarded with the object of his affection. Though some may struggle to decipher what's happening in Ayto's visually complicated spreads, more sophisticated readers will like this offbeat Christmas story. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
This is a delightful oversized picture book just right for snuggling up with a favorite listener. The cuddly tale is somewhat overshadowed by the unconventional illustrations, making for a non-traditional Christmas story. A little grey wolf is on a quest to find out where teddy bears come from after being read his favorite story about them, three times in a row! Feeling somewhat restless and unable to sleep, he decides a teddy bear would help him sleep. Along his quest to find out about them, he asks Wise Owl, three little pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and was on his way to Goldilocks' when he bumped into a large man with a white beard needing help with a flat tire. The wolf huffed and puffed and finally blew the tire up for the kind man, who offered to help the wolf in his adventure. If the wolf went straight home, he would have the answer to his quest in the morning. This is a fun fairy tale reversal of sorts, since this little wolf is too timid to be a threat to anyone he meets even though everyone expects him to be. Ayto's angular wolf faces are a contrast to the round, softness of a teddy bear and more reminiscent of cartoon animations from the 1960s. While it may not be how all teddy bears find their homes, it explains Little Wolf's. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–This charming story plays with the conventions of familiar nursery tales. When a glass of milk, a cuddle, and his favorite story don’t help a little wolf fall asleep, he determines that what he needs is a teddy bear. Unfortunately his mother doesn’t know where to get one and serenely sends him off with a picnic lunch to find out. He asks Wise Owl, who sends him off to ask the Three (not-so-little) Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. After dealing with their issues about Big Bad Wolves, the little wolf is on his way to Goldilocks, hoping she will know the answer when he bumps into a chubby old man with a flat tire. So he HUFFS and he PUFFS and fixes the tire. As a thank you, the bearded man promises him an answer to his question in the morning–and a teddy bear is delivered. With its lively, bold watercolors filled with humorous details, this tale is likely to be a storytime hit well beyond the Christmas season.–Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
An utterly appealing little gray wolf sets off on a quest to find a teddy bear of his own in this fresh, original Christmas story that integrates fairy-tale characters into the plot. In proper fairy-tale fashion, the little wolf in turn asks Wise Owl, the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood where he might find his own teddy bear. Then the little wolf helps an old man (with a white beard) fix the tire on his red truck by huffing and puffing air into the tire, and the next morning the wolf finds a wrapped package by his bed containing his own teddy bear. All the elements of a winner come together in this enchanting effort: a charming main character, Ayto's stylish mixed-media illustrations with a jazzy color palette, polished prose and a rewarding story. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561454877
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,380,026
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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