Where Teddy Bears Come from

by Mark Burgess (Author) Russell Ayto (Illustrator)

Where Teddy Bears Come from
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

In the middle of a deep, dark forest, all the creatures are fast asleep. Except for a little gray wolf who can't sleep a wink.

The little wolf knows just what he needs to get a good night's sleep: a teddy bear to cuddle. So the next morning little wolf sets off to find one. But exactly where do teddy bears come from? The little wolf asks the Wise Owl and the Three Little Pigs, but nobody knows.

Finally, the little wolf stumbles upon a kindly man with a bright red suit and a long white beard, and when the little wolf wakes up the next morning there is a surprise at the foot of his bed... and the answer to his question.

Mark Burgess has woven an amusing, satisfying story that features a steadfast character and a memorable cast of familiar faces. Russell Ayto's distinctively quirky illustrations offer surprising perspectives and colorfully capture the delightful humor of the story.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2 - This charming story plays with the conventions of familiar nursery tales. When a glass of milk, a cuddle, and his favorite story dont help a little wolf fall asleep, he determines that what he needs is a teddy bear. Unfortunately his mother doesnt know where to get one and serenely sends him off with a picnic lunch to find out. He asks Wise Owl, who sends him off to ask the Three (not-so-little) Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. After dealing with their issues about Big Bad Wolves, the little wolf is on his way to Goldilocks, hoping she will know the answer when he bumps into a chubby old man with a flat tire. So he HUFFS and he PUFFS and fixes the tire. As a thank you, the bearded man promises him an answer to his question in the morningand a teddy bear is delivered. With its lively, bold watercolors filled with humorous details, this tale is likely to be a storytime hit well beyond the Christmas season.

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Publishers Weekly

A glass of milk, a cuddle with mom and a bedtime story don't help a small gray wolf fall asleep; what he needs is a teddy bear. Determined to find out where they come from, he journeys through a fairy tale wood where he meets the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Santa Claus (and is repeatedly mistaken for a big bad wolf). When he fixes the flat tire on Santa's big red truck, he's aptly rewarded with the object of his affection. Though some may struggle to decipher what's happening in Ayto's visually complicated spreads, more sophisticated readers will like this offbeat Christmas story. Ages 48. "(Oct.)"

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2009
Florida Children's Book Award
Nominee 2011 - 2011
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
Nominee 2011 - 2011

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