The Teddy Bear

The Teddy Bear

by David McPhail

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The little boy and his teddy bear were always together. Every night, when the little boy went to sleep, his teddy bear was right there next to him. When the little boy went on a trip, his teddy bear went too—until one terrible day when the teddy bear was left behind . . .

A compassionate tale of friends lost and found

This is the wonderful story of a friend who is lost and found and lost and found again, and of a little boy who begins to understand the meaning of compassion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805078824
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 266,983
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

David McPhail is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Mole Music and the popular Pig Pig stories. He lives with his family in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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The Teddy Bear 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
debrasw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This story is about a little boy who loves his teddy bear and ends up loosing it. Due to this event a homeless man finds this teddy bear and loves it. After this the homeless man carries the teddy bear with him everywhere, even to a park where he places it on a bench to sit until he comes back for it. It is here that the little boy finds it and picks it up. When the homeless man realizes it is gone he cries out and asks where his bear went. The boy hears and brings it back to him. The boy realizes the man needs it more than he, so he gives it away.Genre: This is a fantasy because the teddy bear is narrating the story and has thoughts and feelings. It tells us about the feelings it has about being lost and cold. How it liked being with the boy and the man. A teddy bear does not have thoughts and feelingsMedia: ink/watercolor
rwheeler08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic FictionCritique of Genre: This is an excellent example of realistic fiction because it tells the story of a little boy who loses his prized teddy bear. The bear is accidentally thrown away and then a homeless man finds it and makes it his prized possession. Thus, the events of the story are realistic and could happen in real life.Age: PrimaryCritique of Theme: (See star rating above)
natasha.bevis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is such a touching story about the love for a teddy bear that a young boy has. The emotions conveyed in this picture book are ones that all of us have felt and are also ones that children can connect and relate to. This is an excellent example of a realistic fiction book because the event of loosing one's precious toy, happens every day. The plot of the story is very plausible and easy to believe.Level: PrimaryStars: Point of View
born1990 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic FictionThis book is a good example of realistic fiction because it is a story that is completely possible in our world. The boy in the story loses his favorite teddy bear and how a homeless man finds it. The story goes on to tell about how the boy gives the bear back to the man. This story is very cute and it is easy for the reader to put themselves into the story and relate to the characters. Critique:Theme
abarajas09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic FictionReview: This is a great example of realistic fiction because it is on the topic of homelessness and the point of view of a kids perspective.Media: Watercolor, Pencil
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
This is a story that most children will be able to identify with if they have a most favourite toy or blankie that they love ... literally... to pieces.  The little boy in the story has his most cherished teddy beside him at all times.  They are inseparable, and even if the family goes away on a trip, teddy goes along too.  On one such trip the family stops in a diner to refuel and sadly the little boy's teddy is accidentally left behind and then tossed out in the dumpster.  "He lay squashed in a dark, smelly place, even though he had a fine fur coat he was beginning to get a chill. A forsaken, homeless man, searching for his next meal, rescues the abandoned teddy and claims him as his own.  Then strangely enough, one day in the park the little boy spots his beloved teddy on a bench and is delights to have him back once again in his life. The little boy notices the despair and anguish on the poor homeless man's face when the man suddenly realizes what is happening with his teddy.  The little boy happily hands over his most valued treasure as a gift to the heavyhearted, dispossessed man knowing how much the old man cares for the teddy bear and how much it means to him. The pen-and-watercolour illustrations add so much sub-text to the story.  They are filled with soft shading and cross-hatching making them look vintage and inviting the reader to be present in the story.   This wonderful tale of compassion will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face as you realize what a sacrifice this little boy is making to bring a poor, rejected outcast some happiness and joy by relinquishing his teddy bear over to him. Teddy is the winner in this tale because he never loses that feeling of being special and loved by both the little boy and the homeless man.
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As an elementary school teacher who has taught every grade, I do not hesitate to read this tremendous book to my classes. This is by far one of my top five all time favorite picture books. It has timeless themes of loss, selflessness, and thankfulness. I am always surprised that this book has not received the acclaim I believe it truly deserves. It should be a staple of ever teacher's classroom library. I wish there were more picture books of this caliber out there because I definitely would purchase them. If you buy this book you will not be disappointed!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I first got this at the library. We loved it so much that we bought our own copy. It has great lessons concerning sharing and caring for others. I love this book!