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Where Teddy Bears Come From

Where Teddy Bears Come From

Mark Burgess
Illustrator:  Russell Ayto 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Peachtree Publishers, 2009   ISBN: 978-1561454877

It is a cold winter’s night, and all the animals in the dark forest are slumbering in their beds. Except for a little wolf who cannot seem to fall asleep. Even after a glass of milk, a cuddle, and a teddy bear story, the little wolf is wide awake. In the morning, the little wolf decides that what he needs is a teddy bear. A teddy bear will surely help him sleep soundly every night.

Though his mother is a wonderful cuddler and reader of stories, she has no idea where “teddy bears come from,” so she suggests that her son should go and ask Wise Owl for his advice. Carrying a picnic lunch packed by his loving mother, the little wolf sets off through the snowy forest to ask Wise Owl where teddy bears come from.

Unfortunately, Wise Owl has no trouble sleeping, and he has no idea where teddy bears come from. The sleepy bird suggests that the little wolf should ask the Three Little Pigs if they know the answer to question.

This delightful picture book, with its unique multimedia illustrations, will charm young readers who appreciate the importance of having a teddy bear to sleep with every night. Children will enjoy seeing all the characters the little wolf visits as he tries to find out, once and for all, where he can find a teddy bear.