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Brown Paper Teddy Bear

Allison, Catherine

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ISBN 10: 043963900X / ISBN 13: 9780439639002
Published by Cartwheel Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2004
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Illustrated boards, matching DJ. Oversized square quarto. Book printed on heavy weight brown kraft-like paper with full color illustrations. An enchanted teddy bear takes Jessica for a magical ride, with larger-than-life illustrations by artist Neil Reed. Book near fine; DJ also near fine with price clipped. Unpaginated. Bookseller Inventory # 12999

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Title: Brown Paper Teddy Bear

Publisher: Cartwheel Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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A magical teddy bear leads Jess on an exciting journey to a place where stuffed toys can talk and porcelain dolls can dance.

Jess is sick in bed, and to make her feel better, Granddad promises her a brand-new teddy bear. But before she drifts off to sleep, Jess notices a small door that magically opens. Jess unties the ribbon around a brown paper bag and finds a careworn old teddy bear inside. He takes Jess on a wonderful adventure through the night sky to a place where toys come to life. Jess marches with toy soldiers, rides a toy train, and dances with a porcelain doll before she returns home to her loving grandfather.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1 - One night, Jessica awakens to find that an old cupboard has magically appeared in her room. Among the dusty playthings stored inside, she finds a teddy bear wrapped in brown paper and a red ribbon. The stuffed animal comes to life and takes her on a journey to meet his friends, several other old-fashioned toys that are ready to play. After cavorting with toy soldiers, a pull-the-string puppy, and a beautiful doll, the bear and child fly home. In the morning, she tells her grandfather of her adventures and he calmly states, "I see you found my teddy bear." This book begs to be noticed, not because it explores new literary realms (which it doesn't) but for its fine illustrations and oversized format. The large, square pages will entice children into this fantasy. The warm, playful watercolor art is printed on brown paper, adding weight and richness to the detailed scenes. The sepia tone supports a celebration of long-ago times. In the toy room, Jessica and its inhabitants stand shoulder-to-shoulder, equal in size, and her delight in playing in their world is palpable. Overall, the art carries this tale while the text is simply serviceable. - Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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