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Where Teddy Bears Come From Hardcover – August 1, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2–This charming story plays with the conventions of familiar nursery tales. When a glass of milk, a cuddle, and his favorite story don't help a little wolf fall asleep, he determines that what he needs is a teddy bear. Unfortunately his mother doesn't know where to get one and serenely sends him off with a picnic lunch to find out. He asks Wise Owl, who sends him off to ask the Three (not-so-little) Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. After dealing with their issues about Big Bad Wolves, the little wolf is on his way to Goldilocks, hoping she will know the answer when he bumps into a chubby old man with a flat tire. So he HUFFS and he PUFFS and fixes the tire. As a thank you, the bearded man promises him an answer to his question in the morning–and a teddy bear is delivered. With its lively, bold watercolors filled with humorous details, this tale is likely to be a storytime hit well beyond the Christmas season.–Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library END

About the Author

MARK BURGESS has been a writer and artist of children_s books for over twenty years. His titles include WHEN VEGETABLES ATTACK, MUTINY AT CROSSBONES BAY, and DOGS_ NIGHT. He lives in England.

RUSSELL AYTO has illustrated several picture books, including Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs; You'll Grow Soon, Alex; and The Witch's Children. He lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Florida Reading Assoc Children's Book Nom. 2010-2011
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561454877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561454877
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where Teddy Bears Come From is a delightfully quirky take on several fairy tales but also Santa Claus. The illustrations and text fonts remind me distinctly of Lauren Child's style, but take on a life of their own. The little wolf is quite adorable as he persistently searches for the answer to his question. A fun book to read aloud as the differently sized text prompts the reader into reading with expression and verve. The twists to the fairy tales of the Three Little Pigs (who aren't so little and are female), and Little Red Riding Hood (who is really quite cranky) add a nice humorous touch to the story. It's also fun to wait and see if the reader can figure out that the old guy with the truck that the little wolf stops to help is Santa Claus. Recommended.
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This is a refreshing holiday tale of a little gray wolf who can't sleep and his search for a teddy bear to help him with his insomnia. Mama wolf packs a lunch for his expedition where he seeks advice from Wise Owl who quickly sends him on his way. In a cheeky nod to the fairy tale classics, he encounters the Three Pigs (who aren't so little anymore) and Little Red Riding Hood who all at first mistake him as the Big Bad Wolf. No one seems to know where teddy bears come from and little wolf becomes discouraged.

He then meets up with a bearded old man in a red suit who wishes the little wolf was indeed the big bad wolf as he needs help inflating a flat tire. Little wolfe kindly obliges with some huffing and puffing and then asks the man if he knows where teddy bears come from. The man assures him he will soon find out--which he does by the end of the book.

The illustrations are modern and colorful, the prose is fun to read out loud and it's full of personality. It really stands out amongst Christmas books and I recommend it.
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"Where Teddy Bears Come From: A Christmas Bedtime Journey with One Adorable Little Wolf" is a charming Christmas story about Little Wolf's forest-wide search for a teddy bear to help him go to sleep at night. He is told by his mother to be back by bedtime, but his adventures take up his full day in the forest. Tired out by stereotype-denying arguments with the three pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, Little Wolf encounters a funny old man in a red suit with a truck and a flat tire. Little Wolf helps him by huffing and puffing until the tire is blown back up, and the man promises to give him the answer to his question in the morning, if he runs home immediately. Only a child can guess exactly what Little Wolf found for his surprise answer in the morning, after a very good night's sleep. "Where Teddy Bears Come From" is enriched by playful, whimsical, colorful, full page artworks that express the innocence and freshness of the world of Little Wolf. "Where Teddy Bears Come From" is designed to appeal to children ages 4-8.
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In this story, the little wolf (not to be confused with the big bad wolf) can't get to sleep. He decides he needs a teddy bear, but he doesn't know where teddy bear comes from. He goes on a quest to find out where teddy bears come from so that he can get one. He goes from one fairy tale home to another (three bears, little red riding hood, etc.) until he bumps into a jolly old man who finally says he can help the wolf.

Even though this story seems like a typical story line and is very repetitive, it flows very well. After each page you are curious as to where he will go next.

The illustrations are a modern, angular cartoon style. I do not prefer this style of illustration as it does not help the story flow. It actually distracted me often while reading the story. On the first two pages, I had to look everywhere for the wolf the story was talking about. I prefer illustrations that are clear and enable me to zero in on what is important right away.

At the beginning of this story, you believe you are looking for the answer to a profound question, but instead you end up with a Christmas story (Santa brings teddy bears.) The question is never fully answered because the last line of the book is, "And that might not be where all teddy bears come from, but it's where this little wolf got his."

This book is advertized for ages four and up. I believe elementary aged children will enjoy this style of story and illustration the most.
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