Friday, May 16, 2014

The Legend of the Teddy Bear

"The Legend of the Teddy Bear" by Frank Murphy

President Theodore Roosevelt was nicknamed Teddy and was known to love nature and animals. He was a hunter and often camped in the wilderness. One time when he went bear hunting in Mississippi with some other men, the men successfully captured a young bear for Teddy Roosevelt to kill. When he arrived on the scene, he called for the men to let the bear go free! He couldn't harm this innocent bear even though he originally intended to hunt bears.

Word spread about the President and a newspaper cartoonist drew a cartoon about it. The story continued to spread all across the country. Rose and Morris Michtom of New York read about it. They ran a candy shop and decided to create a stuffed toy bear in honor of the President's deed for children to love and cuddle. They decided to call the bear Teddy's Bear with the President's permission.

And don't let the cover of this book fool you into thinking this story is only for girls! Remember, the teddy bear was named after and invented because of a boy (a man in fact)!

Activity: After reading this picture book with your child, go to a Build-a-Bear store and create your own teddy bears! Click on the link above to find the nearest store.

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