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whereteddybearscomefromWhere Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess and Illustrated by Russell Ayto

Published by Peachtree Publishers

Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary: 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.


The Turkeybird Speaks: “The wolf! The wolf! Can we read it again mom? I just love the part where he finds his teddy bear, his Pete. See, I have this very special hippo named Pete and I understand exactly why the wolf searches everywhere for his very own teddy bear. There is no way I could go to bed without Pete, or anywhere actually.

“My favorite part is when the little wolf helps Santa by huffing and puffing his tire up. I especially like watching my mom pretending to blow up the tire like little wolf! This entire book is so much fun, with journeys to far off places and neat new friends that the little wolf meets. But the very best part of all is when little wolf finally gets his very own teddy bear.”

HandsMom’s Two Cents: “One of my absolute favorite things in the world is when I find a book that The Turkeybird begs me to read over and over again. Yes, after the 15th or so time that day it can get a bit repetitive and my cheeks start to hurt a little from laughing and smiling so much, but it’s perfect! Where Teddy Bears Come From is one of those books! On the day it came in the mail, I let him open the package, we climbed into his reading chair in his room and immediately started reading. It was an instant hit!

“Remember my question about Parents vs. Children and how I found it difficult to always LOVE the books my kiddos love? This is not one of those books. First of all the illustrations are wonderful. There are pages full of shapes and colors that children will be drawn to immediately and parents will love. And the story is a journey through the classic tales most of us grow to love in our childhood. There’s a visit to the three little pigs, little red riding hood, a wise owl and even Santa himself.

“Children will laugh and hold tight to their very own teddy bear (in our case, Pete). The illustrations and story will be one that’s asked for time and time again. And parents will love hearing those fabulous words time and time again, ‘mom, can we read it again?’.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. Parents and children alike will love this delightful tale of a little wolf in search of his very own teddy bear.

For the Comments: Is there a book you read as a child or you now read to your own child over and over again? We’d love to know!

Where Teddy Bears Come From was provided by the publisher (Peachtree Publishers, follow them on twitter here @PeachtreePub) for review. Thank you so much!
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6 Responses to Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess and Illustrated by Russell Ayto

  1. Erin says:

    This is an adorable (and thoughtful) review. I am so glad that your little Turkeybird loves the book and that you are not being tormented by re-reading a book you hate. The illustrator has another book with us at Peachtree called, “One More Sheep,” that you would probably enjoy as well. It’s a counting book, with a less friendly wolf (You can actually see the wolf in a picture frame on the first picture of ‘Where Teddy Bears Come From’). As for my own favorite from when I was a kid… I say “The Jolly Postman and Other Peoples Letters.” I loved all of the references to fairy (and folk) tales like Cinderella and the Three Little Pigs. The best part though was being able to open all the letters that the postman delivered to them. I still go back and re-read it.
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Happy National Library Week! =-.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! My youngest sister was a huge fan of The Jolly Postman when she was little. In fact, I remember reading it with her numerous times. Great choice!

  2. Janelle says:

    A little Christmas in April…my kids like to read Santa stories all year long. So long as the snow doesn’t come with it, I’m fine with it too. Sounds extra interesting for those already familiar with the nursery tales.
    .-= Janelle´s last blog ..Mazeways and EcoMazes by Roxie Munro – Book Review & Giveaway =-.

    • Isn’t it wonderful? Santa without the snow…just perfect! And the nursery tales are perfect, because even if the kiddos don’t know it the parents usually do. It’s a great chance to share a little! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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