Book Review: Where’s My Teddy?
July 8, 2009
Okay, it’s a little lame to review this picture book and try to pass it off as a real blog post, but I read this book to Bridget tonight and realized, “I love this book.” And it has a small story about how it came to be in our family.
When Lucy was a toddler we moved to Wheaton, IL so that Dave could do a Master’s Degree program at Wheaton College. (Phoebe was born during our stint in Wheaton.) I remember taking those children to the Glen Ellyn Public Library often, especially in the winter when any outdoor activity was pretty near impossible. I cannot stand being cold. Therefore, although I love Wheaton College and that area of the country, I was so glad to move back to San Diego when Dave completed his program.
We packed up and moved out and drove across the country to a temporary apartment while our house was being finished. (This was seven years ago.) Most of our belongings went into a storage unit and all of our forwarded mail went to my in-laws house. It was there that I received a notice from the Glen Ellyn Public Library that our book was overdue: Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough. Uh, oh. I knew that book was in some random box in the back of the storage unit that we wouldn’t be unlocking for several months still. I phoned the library and explained, and sent them a check to purchase the book.
I’m so glad it was this book that I was forced to purchase from the library. It’s a great story. Beautiful, funny pictures. A readable, rolicking rhyme that I haven’t yet grown tired of reading to all my children. It’s got irony and a great little lesson of seeing things from a different perspective. And I’ve come up with a great voice for the Bear. The girls love it. And it is so sturdily bound in library binding that I think it will be in our family for generations to come!