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The Teddy Bear by David McPhail

The Teddy Bear

by David McPhail

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The Teddy Bear tells the story of a young boy who owns a teddy bear. The young boy lives a comfortable life with a loving family. One day, they accidentally leave the teddy bear in a restaurant. After being thrown away, he is picked up by a homeless man. The boy misses his bear, but has many other things in his life that keep him busy. The bear misses the boy, but he provided company to the man. One day, the boy sees the bear when the man momentarily leaves him on a bench. The boy picks up the bear and his family hurries away when they see the man; but upon hearing the distraught man's cries, returns to give the bear back .

This story is a good example of contemporary realistic fiction. It contains elements that students can likely relate to such as owning stuffed animals or having a loving family and friends. However, it also addresses the issue of homelessness that fewer students may be aware of. It allows students to gain a new perspective without being too direct. Homelessness or poverty is not explicitly stated, but shown through the illustrations.

This story can definitely be used for critical literacy. Students may discuss the struggles homeless people face. They may question why the family walked away quickly when they saw the homeless man and what socially constructed attitudes might have driven them to act in such a way. This story and discussion about the content can lead students to recognize social injustice and encourage them to take action. Comparing and contrasting what they have in their own lives to what others people in their community may lack can provide deeper awareness.

GENRE: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

- have critical literacy discussion about homelessness--conditions, attitudes, etc.
- encourage action for social justice by having students do a toy drive to collect stuffed animals or other toys for a homeless shelter
  sso14 | Apr 2, 2016 |
The Teddy Bear begins with a boy who loves his teddy bear more than anything. He takes the bear with him everywhere and does everything with him. One day his loses the bear and becomes very sad. The bear is also sad as he misses his friend. The bear is then found by a homeless man and the homeless man begins to love him. As time goes on, the boy begins to enjoy the company of his other toys and the bear begins to enjoy the company of the homeless man. One day the boy runs into his bear at the park and picks him up, the homeless man begins to cry as he cannot find the bear. The boy gives the bear to the homeless man in the end. This book is a modern fantasy.
  Jcadd13 | Mar 10, 2015 |
A little boy has a teddy bear he takes everywhere. The teddy bear is left at a restaurant and a homeless man finds him in a dumpster. This picture book is very cute, and brings up good points about sharing. When the little boy finds his teddy bear in the possession of the homeless man, he lets the man keep his teddy bear. I really liked this book.

Critique: This is a good example of realistic fiction because the characters, and plot could happen in real life. The boy deals with issues of loss. Kids will relate to the feeling of loosing a favorite toy or having to share something that's special to them. The homeless man may bring up conversations about people students have seen especially if the school is in an urban setting.

Point of View Critique: "The Teddy Bear" is told using third person point of view. There is a narrator that tells the whole story. The narrator helped tell the moral of the story. The reader wouldn't know the full story unless it was from the point of view of the narrator.
  EmilyWright | Oct 17, 2012 |
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Review: This is a great example of realistic fiction because it is on the topic of homelessness and the point of view of a kids perspective.
Media: Watercolor, Pencil ( )
  abarajas09 | Mar 28, 2012 |
Age: Primary
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Review: Although we do not if this book is a true story, it could very well happen. The characters and plot line were incorporated in locations that make it easily relatable to many readers. Young readers would relate to the teddy bear as companionship, and how hard it is to give that up sometimes.
Media: Water color
  shellybjorklund | Mar 21, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805078827, Paperback)

The little boy and his teddy bear were always together. Every night, when the little boy went to sleep, his teddy bear was right there next to him. When the little boy went on a trip, his teddy bear went too—until one terrible day when the teddy bear was left behind . . .

A compassionate tale of friends lost and found

This is the wonderful story of a friend who is lost and found and lost and found again, and of a little boy who begins to understand the meaning of compassion.

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A teddy bear, lost by the little boy who loves him, still feels loved after being rescued by a homeless man.

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