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 Teddy : the remarkable tale of a president, a cartoonist, a toymaker and a bear
 Author: Sage, James

 Publisher:  Kids Can Press (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 23 x 26 cm

 BTSB No: 774564 ISBN: 9781771387958
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Roosevelt, Theodore, -- 1858-1919 -- Fiction
 Teddy bears -- Fiction
 Historical fiction

Price: $22.58

A fictionalized version of the story of President Theodore Roosevelt and the creation of the teddy bear.

 Illustrator: Feng, Lisk
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 510804

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/19)
   School Library Journal (04/01/19)
   Booklist (03/15/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2—Sage uses a mix of mainly fact and a bit of speculation to explain how teddy bears got their name and became such a popular toy. President Theodore Roosevelt, also referred to as Teddy or T.R., went hunting during a stay in Missouri, but was unable to shoot a bear. His hosts then found a cub, tied it to a tree, and encouraged him to take a shot. Feeling that it was not sportsmanlike, he declined. At this very time, the editor-in-chief of the Washington Post asked cartoonist Clifford Berryman to create a cartoon that would touch the heart and speak to everyone, and have it ready for the very next day. When a coffee boy told Berryman the story of T.R. that had just come over the newswire, Berryman stayed up creating a cartoon of a caring T.R. refusing to shoot the bear. The rest, as they say, is history. When Mr. and Mrs. Michtom, candy store owners in Brooklyn, saw the cartoon, Mrs. Michtom created a toy bear that her husband placed in the store window with a sign that said: "Teddy's Bear." The toy became so popular, they opened a factory to keep up with the demand. This story is told simply and is accompanied by colorful illustrations that reflect a bygone era. An author's note explains which parts of the story are fiction, and includes a copy of Berryman's original cartoon, a photo of one of the first teddy bears, and a 1950 advertisement for the "original" style bear. VERDICT A wonderful choice for a read-aloud.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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