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Old Bob's brown bear
Daly, Niki.
Personal Author:
First Amer. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Old Bob gets a teddy bear for his birthday because he never had one as a child, but his grandaughter, thinking the bear deserves better than to be stuck between dusty books, wants to take him home.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 65627.
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A tribute to worn-in, fiercely loved bears When Emma's grandfather, Old Bob, gets a teddy bear for his birthday, Emma is jealous. Old Bob just puts Teddy on a shelf with dusty books, which isn't loving the bear as Emma thinks he should be loved. With a bit of persuasion, Teddy is allowed to go on vacation with Emma - a holiday that stretches into years packed with tea parties and trips to the beach, until Teddy is a ragged-eared, worn-nosed sort of bear. Which, Emma realizes, is just the sort of bear Old Bob can love. With spunky watercolors and a story garnished with an unusual intergenerational twist or two, Niki Daly helps close the gap between grandparent and grandchild in this charming ode to the powers of a well-loved bear.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. A little girl watches her grandfather, Old Bob, receive a teddy bear for his birthday. Gran tells Emma that the gift was given because Old Bob never had a teddy bear as a child. What Emma thinks, however, is that Grandpa doesn't love the bear the way it should be loved, so she «borrows» the bear and gives it the kind of life she thinks it deserves--picnics, trips to the beach, bubble baths. A big part of the fun here are the pictures, which fill in what is hinted at in the text--Emma's conflicting feelings. Daly's paintings also show how the teddy bear eventually moves from center stage to a less august place, half-hidden under Emma's bed. When Emma returns Old Bob to its rightful owner, Grandpa can smell all the scents from the bear's various mishaps: «He could smell lots and lots of love.» A great read for grandparents and grandchildren. Connie Fletcher.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Emma's grandpa has always wanted a fuzzy-wuzzy teddy bear but when he receives a new one for his birthday, it's obvious to Emma that, "Old Bob didn't LOVE his brown bear." After a bit of a fuss, she is allowed to take Teddy to her house where he gets the full treatment: trips to the beach, cuddles, bubble baths, and snuggles. Teddy's vacation becomes an extended stay, and the new stuffed animal becomes threadbare. Emma grows and eventually abandons him for other toys. A few years later, when Old Bob notices and covets the by-now much-loved bear at the bottom of her toy box, Emma recognizes that the hugged-to-pieces Teddy has become exactly what Old Bob needs. This loving family and their cozy surroundings shine through the lighthearted watercolor vignettes of Teddy's adventures. The alternating full- and double-page illustrations gently but firmly set the story's pace. Both Emma and Old Bob are multidimensional characters; she is a combination of feisty toddler and a bear's best friend and he is a pragmatic adult with a child's sensibility. From the endpapers of the bear cavorting to the sweet satisfaction of the final three-way hug, this touching tale is perfect for one-on-one sharing or as a thoughtful addition to the standard storytime themes of either teddy bears or grandparents.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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