Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess

Little Wolf has a problem--he can't sleep. He tries a variety of remedies before he decides he needs a teddy bear. But that's another problem. Little Wolf doesn't know where teddy bears come from. He sets out on a journey to find a teddy bear so he can sleep soundly. After a few cases of mistaken identity, he succeeds.

What I Thought: What a great idea for a book! Adults woulds automatically think teddy bears come from stores, but not Little Wolf or some children. I also love that this is a fractured fairy tale. Little Red Riding Hood, her granny, and the three little pigs make an appearance. This story redeems the wolf who is always cast as a villain. The illustrations were great. So colorful but not too busy.

Story Time Ideas: This book could be used for a variety of story times including teddy bears, fairy tales, and Christmas.

(Illus. Russell Ayto. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2008)

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