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Prince Peter and the teddy bear
McKee, David.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Prince Peter's parents are sure that their son must need something royal for his birthday like a throne or a crown. All Peter wants is a teddy bear.
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain by Andersen Press, 1997"--Opposite of T.p.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Little Books

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Prince Peter's haughty parents have all sorts of ideas about what their son would like for his birthday, but Prince Peter insists he wants only a teddy bear. So they give him one -- a teddy bear made of solid gold. Peter is dejected, until the golden bear shows him how something as simple as a cuddle can soften even the hardest of objects. Then Peter understands the gift he needs to give his hard-hearted parents in return. With a simple text and bold gouache illustrations, this charming picture book imparts a message about the strength of affection and the importance of expressing emotion.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This wryly illustrated British import serves up a reminder that material wealth can't replace emotional warmth. All Prince Peter wants for his birthday is a teddy bear. After politely refusing each of the king and queen's pricier suggestions (e.g., a sword, a white horse, a throne), the prince receives a solid gold teddy bear, which he sets on his bureau; it's too "hard and cold" to take to bed. But the bear begs for a cuddle, which brings him to life, and the cuddle becomes contagious. The next day, Peter gives each parent a hug and calls them "Dad" and "Mom" instead of "sir" and "ma'am," and they all behave as a real family at last. The sweetness of McKee's (Elmer) text is offset by his pointed, mischievous compositions, and the contrast between what's "proper" and what's human is strikingly funny: the characters almost seem to exhale in the closing scenes as they let go of their rigid ways. Electric hues‘juxtaposing scarlet and fuchsia, intense blue and purple, and citrus green and vermilion‘along with geometric overlapping planes and flattened perspective, lend a retro-1960s feel to the imagery. Although the royal family appears to belong to another era, they deliver a timeless message. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved