Sonderbooks     Book Reviews by Sondra Eklund

More info from

Rate this Book

Sonderbooks 41
    Previous Book
Young Adult Fiction
Children's Nonfiction
Children's Fiction
Picture Books
        Previous Book
        Next Book

2003 Stand-outs
2002 Stand-outs
    Previous Book
2001 Stand-outs

Five-Star Books

Four-Star Books
Old Favorites
Back Issues
List of Reviews by Title
List of Reviews by Author

Links For Book Lovers

About Me
Contact Me
Post on Bulletin Board

I don't review books I don't like!

*****= An all-time favorite
****  = Outstanding
***    = Above average
**      = Enjoyable
*        = Good, with reservations


****The Teddy Bear

by David McPhail

Reviewed November 10, 2002.
A Sonderbooks' Best Book of 2002 (#5, New Picture Books)
Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2002.  32 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (E MCP)

Here’s a book that is poignant, sweet and sad.  It’s done with just the right light touch to bring tears to your eyes without seeming overly sentimental.

A teddy bear lives a happy life with a little boy.  He is much loved.

One day, the teddy bear gets lost.  An old homeless man finds him in a dumpster.  He brings the teddy bear on his rounds each day.  Once again the teddy bear feels loved.

The next Spring, the boy sees the teddy bear on a park bench.  What follows is a beautiful moment of wisdom and compassion.

I’m not sure if this book hits children as hard as it does adults.  My own eight-year-old said it was too sad.  I love it, and think it’s beautiful.

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

-top of page-