PreS-K-A heartwarming tale about the beginning of a special friendship. As Eddie, a lonely boy, wanders through the woods clutching his teddy bear, Freddie, he sees a large teddy that belongs to a bear that lives nearby. When he hears the huge animal approaching, Eddie hides behind the stuffed toy and pretends that it can talk. The excited bear enthusiastically grabs his teddy in his arms and discovers Eddie. The frightened boy breaks the tension by beginning to chuckle and soon they are laughing together. A wonderful read-aloud, this story will delight children, who will chime in with the rhyming words. Alborough's gentle watercolors portray the characters' feelings through both body language and facial expressions. Youngsters will love the illustration of the huge bear clutching his teddy with his thumb stuck in his mouth. This third story about Eddie and Freddie is a must-have for teddy-bear cuddlers.-Kit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA
The sequel to Where's My Teddy?, Jez Alborough's My Friend Bear (1998) returns as a board book. Though the type may be small in this new incarnation, PW said this tale about a sad boy named Eddie and his chance encounter with a great big bear "will endear itself to pint-size preschoolers." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.