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Teddy's TV Troubles Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Goblin Fern Press (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096476637X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964766372
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,252,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1–Upset by something he saw on television, Teddy turns to his mother for assistance in allaying his fears. The two of them draw a picture of the problem, cross it out, and hide it in a book. They also create some happier pictures and play with blocks. Then his mother tells him in tedious detail about how she did exactly the same things with Grandma when she was small. The day ends with a story about a bear who is scared–an odd choice for bedtime–and a good-night kiss. Then, in an addendum for parents in case they haven't got it yet, the author explains that children need to be reassured and comforted after being frightened. Cantor's earnest attempt at helping preschoolers deal with childhood fears lacks literary merit. Instead, it is a painfully simple parenting handbook, rather reminiscent of a public-health information pamphlet. Lowes's unimaginative and uninspiring artwork complements this effort perfectly.–Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City
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"I liked that whatever Teddy's mom did for her, she did for him." -- Kristen, second grader

"I thought it was a nice book. I enjoyed it because it showed what to do when you're scared." -- Morgan, second grader

"Intelligent, reassuring, and practical, this book will be of great help to parents." -- Common Sense Media

"It's an empowering book that teaches young children what they can do to calm their anxieties." -- Debra Carr-Elsing, Capital Times, April 15, 2004

"One of the most innovative books for children we've seen in a long time . . . . This is a classic!" -- Center for Media Literacy

"When TV violence frightens your child, grab this book and read!" -- Bill Winecke, Wisconsin State Journal, April 20, 2004

More About the Author

Joanne Cantor, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on the psychology of media and communications. She is Professor Emerita and Director of the Center for Communication Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an award-winning professor for 26 years.

Through her consulting firm, Your Mind on Media, she gives keynote presentations and workshops to business, professional, and educational organizations on productivity, creativity, and stress reduction.

Dr. Cantor is the author of the highly acclaimed parenting book, Mommy, I'm Scared, a children's book, Teddy's TV Troubles, and most recently, Conquer CyberOverload, a book for just about everyone. She has also published more than 100 articles in academic and popular journals.

In recognition of her expertise, Dr. Cantor has testified on numerous occasions before US Congressional committees as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

Joanne enjoys speaking before non-academic audiences and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including Oprah, Good Morning America, and several NPR programs.

Dr. Cantor is a member of the Authors Guild, the National Speakers Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the International Communication Association. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. degree. She received her M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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I highly recommend both books to readers.
Brad J. Bushman
Untill I read that book to Hannah, I had no idea of the fears and concerns that linger in childrens minds long after having watched some "children level" tv shows.
Great Grandfather
She asked me for a stuffed animal (like Teddy has!)
S. E. Byrne

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Moen on December 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The newest book by Joanne Cantor-Teddy's TV Troubles- takes a positive approach toward the fears of young children, and offers concrete steps a parent can take, along with her child, to ease these fears. Teddy's Mother shares specific activities her mother had used to make her feel safe again. I feel this positive approach is much more effective, than describing all the "horrors" of TV and real life which confront our children. I especially applaud Prof.Cantor involving elementary students, seeing if what she wrote made sense to them.
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An authority on media and children, Joanne Cantor draws upon her years of experience and expertise to write Teddy's TV Troubles, a reassuring children's picturebook that charmingly, entertainingly, and effectively assists parents to help their children deal with disturbing material such as that which visually permeates everything from television news broadcasts, to dramatic series, to sitcoms, to afternoon and weekend specials. Very nicely illustrated by Tom Lowes, Teddy's TV Troubles will help parents and care givers to help children acknowledge their fear while knowing they are not alone; show a loveable teddy bear character work through his TV inspired fears with the help of a caring adult; engage in a series of age-appropriate activities (including drawing pictures, creative play, and reassuring bedtime rituals) that will help children overcome their fears. A combination activities book and bed-time reader, Teddy's TV Troubles is ideal for families with children trying cope with what are now daily television doses of the world on terrorism, sniper attacks, child abductions, natural disasters, and presidential campaign ads.
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"Wow! This book is incredible. My daughter asked me all kinds of questions all the way through it and all sorts of things came up. She told me she is scared of monsters like Teddy and that she saw them on TV. After reading the book for a week, she told me she wants to be a big girl and sleep alone like Teddy. She asked me for a stuffed animal (like Teddy has!) and she has been falling asleep completely ALONE (with the stuffed animal), door closed, for two nights!!!!!!!! (Usually takes me an hour rubbing her back)!!! I might have to thank you for saving my marriage of this continues!!! She LOVES the part where they read a book about a bear who saw something scary...she says'Hey that's what we're doing!' every time we get to that part. Thank you sooo much for writing it. Now I need to share it with others! I especially like the tips at the end, what a GREAT idea."

-- Mother of a four-year-old girl in California
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The images of violence, terrorism, war, and torture disturb and frighten adults--imagine the impact on children too young to comprehend or express their fears. Unless you never turn your television set on, and that's not realistic for most, children are exposed to sites and sounds on TV and in other media that scare and frighten them. And often, those images affect their sleep, appetite, and behavior. As parent, how do you address this issue?
Dr. Cantor has written an important, must-have book for parents to read WITH their young children to help them both verbalize and allay their fears. Teddy's TV Troubles provides parents with a comforting, delightful, and warm story which their young child can identify with. Written as only a parent and psychologist could, and illustrated by a world class illustrator, this book is an important tool for parents in helping thier young children deal with the ever increasing amount of violence on TV.
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