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The Teddy Bear

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ISBN13: 9780805078824
ISBN10: 0805078827
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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"This sweet if romanticized tale of a homeless man who adopts a lost teddy bear, and the generous young owner who lets him keep it, is graced with some of McPhail's (Mole Music) tenderest art to date. Left behind at a diner, a small boy's beloved bear is accidentally thrown out: 'He lay squashed in a dark, smelly place, and even though he had a fine fur coat he was beginning to get a chill.' Rescued from the trash by a homeless man, the bear, like the boy, is lonely at first, but eventually both adjust ('The bear still felt loved'). At the park one day the bear is left briefly on a bench, where he is spotted by none other than his original owner. Delighted to be reunited with his old friend, the boy nevertheless notices the homeless man's despair and willingly gives him the bear. While the thought of any child happily relinquishing a favorite toy is a bit of a stretch, as a parable of compassion the story makes its point gently, and McPhail's glowing illustrations persuade the audience of its emotional truth. A master of wordless subtext (the man is shown sleeping under a narrow patch of sky in an open dumpster; on the facing page, the boy, surrounded by other toys, stares at the same sky from his bedroom), he invests his pen-and-watercolor illustrations with affection and warmth, and his expert use of soft shading and cross-hatching creates a welcoming world readers will want to inhabit. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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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Grahamcracker, July 23, 2013 (view all comments by Grahamcracker)
Having read this book many times to elementary school children, I can say with confidence that they closely relate to the story of the small boy who, while on an outing with parents, falls asleep at the lunch table of a restaurant and is carried out without realizing that the teddy bear who is his best friend has been left behind. The bear is picked out of the trash and is transported around the city by a man who sleeps in a dumpster and wears a long green coat with a large pocket into which the bear fits nicely. The boy and the bear miss each other terribly, but the bear has a sense of security and belonging, realizing that he is loved. The boy has many other friends and so goes on with his life in a satisfactory way. When the weather turns warm, the man puts away his long green coat. He leaves the bear for a few moments on a park bench while he goes to investigate something. That's when the boy and his parents just happen to be walking through the park and notice the bear on the bench. They can't believe their luck in finding the bear. As the man returns to the bench, the parents, in an effort to shield the boy from possible danger, direct the family away toward the park exit. When the man notices that the bear is missing, he begins to wail loudly enough for the boy and his parents to hear. Without explanation, the boy runs back to the man at the bench and asks if the bear he is holding is the one the man is missing. That is when the boy and the man have a moment of heartfelt communication. The man thanks the boy and says, "I don't know what I'd do without him." The boy understands completely. The generosity he shows the man is born out of the grief he himself has endured.
David McPhail uses his text and illustrations to beautifully tell the story of a child who is able to empathize with another human being due to the hardship he himself has endured. It is a simply told story, a life lesson without commentary or preaching. I think The Teddy Bear is a classic on par with Aesop's Fables.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805078824
Author:
Mcphail, David
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Author:
McPhail, David M.
Author:
McPhail, David
Subject:
Teddy Bears
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Toys, Dolls, & Puppets
Subject:
Social Situations - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Lost and found possessions
Subject:
Social Issues/Homelessness
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.01 x 9.02 x 0.135 in
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This sweet if romanticized tale of a homeless man who adopts a lost teddy bear, and the generous young owner who lets him keep it, is graced with some of McPhail's (Mole Music) tenderest art to date. Left behind at a diner, a small boy's beloved bear is accidentally thrown out: 'He lay squashed in a dark, smelly place, and even though he had a fine fur coat he was beginning to get a chill.' Rescued from the trash by a homeless man, the bear, like the boy, is lonely at first, but eventually both adjust ('The bear still felt loved'). At the park one day the bear is left briefly on a bench, where he is spotted by none other than his original owner. Delighted to be reunited with his old friend, the boy nevertheless notices the homeless man's despair and willingly gives him the bear. While the thought of any child happily relinquishing a favorite toy is a bit of a stretch, as a parable of compassion the story makes its point gently, and McPhail's glowing illustrations persuade the audience of its emotional truth. A master of wordless subtext (the man is shown sleeping under a narrow patch of sky in an open dumpster; on the facing page, the boy, surrounded by other toys, stares at the same sky from his bedroom), he invests his pen-and-watercolor illustrations with affection and warmth, and his expert use of soft shading and cross-hatching creates a welcoming world readers will want to inhabit. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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