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Three stories you can read to your teddy bear
Miller, Sara Swan.
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Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bored with sitting on a shelf day after day, a teddy bear sets out on three adventures and inadvertently gets the family dog and cat in trouble.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 77962.
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Is your teddy bear awfully quiet? Does he just sit on your bed and stare at the wall? Maybe he is bored. When you're bored, you can read a book, but Teddy can't. Or can he? . . . Maybe you should read this story out loud to your teddy bear. He may blush, though, because you'll find out about all the things he does when you leave for school. Just make sure to hug your furry friend when you're done reading--even teddy bears make mistakes!
Sara Swan Miller and True Kelly, author and illustrator of Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat and Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog, have done it again with three comical new stories--this time about teddy bears. Who knew that teddy bears are just as adventurous as cats and dogs?

Author Notes

Author Sara Swan Miller has been working with children most of her life and primarily writes children's books. One of her books was inspired by her grandcat Henry. She lives in High Falls, New York.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. For kids whose family no-pet policy may have hindered full appreciation of Miller andelley's first two books, Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat0 (1993) and Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog0 (1995), this addition to the series spotlights a noiseless, dander-free companion: the teddy bear. Three fanciful tales are addressed to Teddy in the same second-person voice as the other books, and are set in the same household, allowing for amusing cameos from the previously featured dog and cat. When Teddy secretly teaches himself to move around, the pets wind up taking the blame for his perambulations--and his mischief. Miller's gently idiomatic prose ("Who knew walking would be so hard on your nose?") is ideal for children just easing into early chapter books, and thoughelley's teddy bear is not as expressive as her "real-life" animals, her wiggly-lined watercolors do capture Teddy's unsteadiness on his feet. A droll addition to the cotton-brained bear category of children's literature. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Three Stories You Can Read to Your Teddy Bear by Sara Swan Miller, illus. by True Kelley, follows earlier books to be read to dogs and cats (perhaps targeted to children who aren't allowed pets). The second-person narrative proffers three stories about Teddy when his friend leaves each day (ostensibly for school). With a newly discovered ability to walk, Teddy sets out to explore the house; his exuberance is tempered by a healthy number of "bonks" to the nose as he tends to fall flat on his face every few steps. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-These lighthearted, easy-to-read tales are told from a stuffed animal's ingenuous point of view. In the first, bored Teddy decides to see if he is capable of movement and discovers that he can walk, albeit in a bumbling fashion. Exploring, he tumbles down the stairs: "Who knew walking would be so hard on your nose?" When his owner finds him, the dog is blamed and the toy is returned to his post on the bed. In the second story, Teddy makes his way to the kitchen where he wreaks havoc in the cupboard until he finds and consumes a jar of honey. This time, the cat is blamed for the mess and the bear is subjected to an awful bath and placed on the windowsill to dry. The final chapter finds the stuffed animal tumbling out of the window and investigating the outdoors. He enjoys the new sensations and plays with the dog until his owner returns. Teddy earns another washing, but falls asleep contemplating further adventures: "And my friend will NEVER guess my secret!" Kelley's cartoon illustrations with their squiggly, busy lines are full of movement and humorous detail. The charming protagonist will win readers' affection as he bounces back from each pitfall, confidence intact. This fun-filled escapade will not disappoint fans of the other "Three Stories" books and may just win some new ones.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.