Monday, December 14, 2009

Where Teddy Bears Come From

A little gray wolf is having a hard time going to sleep.  What he needs is a teddy bear, but where would he find one? The next morning, he sets off for an adventure to find a teddy bear that will help him go to sleep.  The wise owl, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood are of no help when he encounters them.  Finally, he bumps into a rosy-faced old man who is "bending down beside a big red truck." Will the old man help the little wolf find a teddy bear?

Where Teddy Bears Come From is a humorous and sweet book with a subtle holiday setting. The familiar characters will help kindergarten and first grade students make a load of connections. Mark Burgess has added plenty of humor to keep older readers engaged.  Russell Ayto's illustrations are amazing with the contrast of straight lines and curves and zippy colors.

This would be a great book to use for working on prediction.  As the little wolf approaches each set of characters, you can ask students to predict how these characters will react to him.

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