From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4–These lighthearted, easy-to-read tales are told from a stuffed animal's ingenuous point of view. In the first, bored Teddy decides to see if he is capable of movement and discovers that he can walk, albeit in a bumbling fashion. Exploring, he tumbles down the stairs: "Who knew walking would be so hard on your nose?" When his owner finds him, the dog is blamed and the toy is returned to his post on the bed. In the second story, Teddy makes his way to the kitchen where he wreaks havoc in the cupboard until he finds and consumes a jar of honey. This time, the cat is blamed for the mess and the bear is subjected to an awful bath and placed on the windowsill to dry. The final chapter finds the stuffed animal tumbling out of the window and investigating the outdoors. He enjoys the new sensations and plays with the dog until his owner returns. Teddy earns another washing, but falls asleep contemplating further adventures: "And my friend will NEVER guess my secret!" Kelley's cartoon illustrations with their squiggly, busy lines are full of movement and humorous detail. The charming protagonist will win readers' affection as he bounces back from each pitfall, confidence intact. This fun-filled escapade will not disappoint fans of the other "Three Stories" books and may just win some new ones.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Gr. 1-3. For kids whose family no-pet policy may have hindered full appreciation of Miller and Kelley's first two books, Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat
(1993) and Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog
(1995), this addition to the series spotlights a noiseless, dander-free companion: the teddy bear. Three fanciful tales are addressed to Teddy in the same second-person voice as the other books, and are set in the same household, allowing for amusing cameos from the previously featured dog and cat. When Teddy secretly teaches himself to move around, the pets wind up taking the blame for his perambulations--and his mischief. Miller's gently idiomatic prose ("Who knew walking would be so hard on your nose?") is ideal for children just easing into early chapter books, and though Kelley's teddy bear is not as expressive as her "real-life" animals, her wiggly-lined watercolors do capture Teddy's unsteadiness on his feet. A droll addition to the cotton-brained bear category of children's literature. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved