Teddy: The Remarkable Tale of a President, a Cartoonist, a Toymaker and a Bear (Coming May 2019)

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A delightful tale of the first-ever teddy bear. The story goes that on a hunting trip in 1902, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear. A political cartoonist shared the story in the newspaper and then, impressed by the president’s big, warm heart, shopkeepers Rosie and Morris Michtom decided to create a “Teddy” bear in his honor to sell in their store. The bear was so popular, they made another. And another. And before they knew it, they needed to build a factory: it seemed every child wanted a teddy bear of their own! History with a twist of fun! Now there’s even more to love about the ever popular toy! --from the publisher

40 pages           978-1771387958            Ages 6-9

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The story goes that on a hunting trip in 1902, President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear. "Me? Shoot that little fella?" he said. "Why, if I so much as ruffled his fur, I'd never be able to look my children in the eyes again!"

When a political cartoonist shared the story in the newspaper, New York shopkeepers Rosie and Morris Michtom were impressed by the president's big, warm heart. So they decided to create a "Teddy" bear in his honor to sell in their store. The bear was so popular, they made another one. And another.

Before they knew it, they had to build a factory to accommodate the demand: it seemed every child wanted a teddy bear of their own!

James Sage uses a playful blend of fact and fiction to tell this entertaining tale. The back matter includes a historical note, photos and a list of sources. The lively, fun narrative and vivid illustrations by Lisk Feng make for a wonderful read-aloud with universal appeal: adults will find it as charming as children do.

The book has many applications in the social studies curriculum for the early grades, as the period and the president are brought vividly to life. And, of course, it's a perfect pick for Presidents' Day. The story also presents an inspiring small-business entrepreneurial success story.--from the publisher

40 pages           978-1771387958            Ages 6-9

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