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Famous bears & friends : one hundred years of teddy bear stories, poems, songs, and heroics
Coleman, Janet Wyman.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
64 pages ; 27 cm
A collection of stories, poems, and historical information featuring famous teddy bears.
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PZ5 .F21456 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
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One hundred years ago, Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a helpless bear. A toy maker in Brooklyn honored the noble act by creating a plush, stuffed toy with movable arms and legs and a bright, bearish face. The teddy bear was born. A century later this bear has inspired beloved stories, a hit song, and numerous silly, sad, and loving poems, many of which are gathered here in a big, full-color treasury. The collection includes a chapter each from Winnie-the-Poohand A Bear Called Paddington; the full text of Corduroy; poems by Shel Silverstein, Judith Viorst, A. A. Milne, and others; a song; and a lively illustrated history of the world's favorite toy.

Author Notes

Janet Wyman Coleman is a writer and video producer.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. To celebrate the one-hundredth birthday of the teddy bear, Coleman offers a beautifully designed collection of teddy bear history and story. Her introduction relates the story of Teddy Roosevelt's famous refusal to shoot an exhausted bear and the political cartoon that captured the moment. A. A. Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees" and a photographic essay about Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, follow. Essays about the Titanic bear, the Steiff empire, and the origin of Michael Bond's Paddington are interspersed with the words and music to a "Teddy Bears' Picnic," a story about Paddington, and the complete text of Don Freeman's Corduroy. This is a solid, handsome collection for teddy bear lovers, children and adults alike. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

Youngsters can celebrate the Teddy bear's 100th birthday with Famous Bears & Friends: One Hundred Years of Teddy Bear Stories, Poems, Songs, and Heroics by Janet Wyman Coleman, illus. by various artists. A dispute still lingers about who invented the stuffed bear (Was it a pair of Russian immigrant toymakers living in Brooklyn or Germany's Margarete Steiff?) and the alternate histories (plus the legend of Teddy Roosevelt's contribution to the toy bear's nickname) kick off this affectionate homage. A chapter each from Winnie-the-Pooh and A Bear Called Paddington; Don Freeman's complete Corduroy; and poems by A.A. Milne, Shel Silverstein and Judith Viorst contribute to this handsomely designed treasury. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up-Many people are familiar with the story of Teddy Roosevelt refusing to shoot an injured bear, and thus inspiring the creation of the teddy bear. Coleman offers this story, as well as the tale of German seamstress Margarete Steiff and the stuffed-animal empire she launched at roughly the same time. Coleman's book is a veritable love letter to these beloved toys, sprinkling stories and poems of favorite bears such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Paddington, and Corduroy with factual histories of their creators. Real-life stories of teddy bears such as Senior Under Officer Edward Bear, the mascot of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst's Parachuting Club, and Kumataro, the first teddy bear in space, round out the collection. Crisp photographs illustrate the historical segments, while illustrations from the original books accompany the stories and poems. With its wide, square format and generous use of white space and decorative borders, this collection is sure to be a hit with teddy bear aficionados, though its appeal may be more for adult collectors than for children.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.