Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Teddy Bear

The Teddy Bear

David McPhail
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 6
Henry Holt, 2002   ISBN: 978-0805078824

One day, when a boy and his family go to a restaurant for a meal, something dreadful happens - by accident he leaves his beloved teddy bear behind. Unfortunately, even though the boy and his family come back to retrieve the lost toy, the bear has been thrown away and is long gone. Of course the boy is heartbroken but he is not the only one - so is the bear.

Being left behind then being put in a garbage can is a lot for a bear to go through. Thankfully the bear is found by another lost soul, a homeless man who looks through garbage cans, who sleeps in dumpsters, and who walks the streets carrying all his worldly possessions with him in a bag. As time passes the bear becomes fond of the old man; the two are suited to one another it would seem.

Many months later, quite by chance, the little boy sees his bear sitting on a park bench. Of course he is delighted to see his wayward friend but he soon discovers that there is someone else who loves his bear just as much, if not more, than he does.

This tale of love, loss, and self sacrifice is gently and simply told. Richly illustrated with David McPhail's now well known and much loved illustrations it would make the perfect bedtime tale. Readers will be left with a warm feeling in their hearts as they turn the last page.