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The Teddy Bear Encyclopedia Paperback – August 1, 2001

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Pauline Cockrill is the internationally recognized expert on the history of the teddy bear. She specialized in the field while curator at the National Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, and is a regular contributor to Teddy Bear Times. Both DK's The Ultimate Teddy Bear Book (1991) and The Teddy Bear Encyclopedia (1993) are considered the bibles of arctophily (bear collecting), and are used by collectors, dealers, and toy shops worldwide. Paulines now lives in Alice Springs, Central Australia, where she runs a teddy bear hospital, probably one of the most isolated of its kind in the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing; Revised edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078948000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789480002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,425,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a great "beginner" book to learn about the points that distinguish one bear from another. Somehow they all seem to look alike at first!!
This book teaches you to pay attention to whether the nose is stitched up and down or from side to side. Are the feet big or are they little stumps? Are the eyes glass or plastic? Are the ears close together or far apart? Are the arms long and pointed or short and stumpy? These all are clues as to the date and manufacturer of the bear!!
Includes a section on repairing an antique bear (less is better!) as well as a section on newer bears!
A great learning tool! Written so it is easily understood........you don't have to already BE an EXPERT to BECOME one with the help of this well written book!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
If a bear wanted to find out his/her family history, this would be the encyclopedia to buy. Being a teddy bear is still very in vogue. This is a fascinating way to find out why we love teddy bears and why they appeal to collectors all over the world.

You can read about all the best-loved bears, from the original "teddy" to "Winnie-the-Pooh. The latest collectibles such as Beanie Bear and the Millennium Bears are also included. Pauline Cockril is the internationally recognized expert on the history of the teddy bear. She is also a regular contributor to Teddy Bear Times.

If you see a teddy bear and instantly want to buy it...this book IS for you. Also look for The Ultimate Teddy Bear Book which is considered to be the bible of arctophily (bear collecting) and is used by collectors, dealers and toy shops around the world.

The first bear listed was made in 1902 and was an experimental Steiff bear. The bears are listed all the way up to the year 2000. If you think you have seen it all...wait until you see the Pink Dino, a Swiss bear with characteristic elongated designs that I think looks more like a monkey. I much prefer the 1991 Pam Howells bear that has a lace collar, shaggy golden mohair plush "fur" and a cute hat trimmed with fabric roses. The Australian Teddy bear on pg. 137 looks somewhat like a koala bear for some reason. :)

I know a place where a lady has bears sitting everywhere in her Bed & Breakfast. You just want to take one of the bears home with you. In each room, she also has a "resident" bear that sits on the fluffy down-comforter covered bed. The whole place is like one big teddy bear picnic. I bet she knows about this book!

It is just unbearable not to own more bears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PenandInk on February 18, 2010
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I love this book and it has taught me alot about German, USA, and England made Teddy Bears. This is a great book that one could just sit down and look at over and over and again and again. If you like Teddy Bears and want to know what year, what country made a particular bear and when glass eyes was used etc., then please buy this book because, it was written just for YOU!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chromatic Moonlament on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in stuffed animals. Collectors will find it educational, and crafters will be inspired by the many excellent, full-color photographs and informative text of antique and modern teddies.
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The book arrived promptly and is really a beautiful book...I am so pleased with it. Any collector of teddy bears should have this in his/her library...it is filled with pictures and information about many bears over the years. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has loved and enjoyed teddy bears ... this book would make a lovely gift as well.
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