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The Lessons of our Childhood Bears

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There is no more iconic child’s first toy than a teddy bear, nor first story that does not have a bear in it. The rich history of bears in children’s literature include Winnie the Pooh, Paddington, Baloo, Corduroy, Little Bear, Goldilocks friends - Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Baby Bear and countless others. These cuddly and sometimes fearsome creatures have brought comfort and love, excitement and thrills and even more - lessons for life to children of all ages. Here are some of my favorites that have stood the test of time...

Winnie-the-Pooh Cover Image
By A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780525444435
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 1988

Pooh is my favorite bear of all time. For a bear of very little brain Pooh has wisdom and love to share with those of all ages. “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be,” says Pooh. He and his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods will warm all hearts and teach important life lessons not to be missed. 


A Bear Called Paddington Cover Image
By Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062312181
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Published: HarperCollins - July 22nd, 2014

Paddington is the sort of bear who likes to keep a marmalade sandwich in his hat just in case there is an adventure ahead. Paddington shows us to be brave and adventurous and not afraid of change as he makes every ordinary occasion more exciting.


Old Bear Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061552052
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 19th, 2008

Old Bear is a dreamer, and as he slumbers and dreams of all the seasons, they come to life and help us remember to find the beauty all around us.


Corduroy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780451470799
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2014

In this endearing classic, Corduroy teaches us that true friends accept us just the way we are, flaws and all. What a beautiful lesson for all of us.

...and here are more wonderful Bear Stories that you may not be familiar with and can find here on our shelves…


Bear's House of Books Cover Image
By Poppy Bishop, Alison Edgson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781680100389
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Published: Tiger Tales - March 1st, 2017

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399220333
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1992

Otto the Book Bear Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423145622
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 31st, 2012

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear Cover Image
By Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316324908
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

A Library Book for Bear (Bear and Mouse) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763649241
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Published: Candlewick - July 22nd, 2014

Bug Bear Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781680100532
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Published: Tiger Tales - March 1st, 2017

Koala Lou Cover Image
By Mem Fox, Pamela Lofts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152005023
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 1989

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: 25th Anniversary Edition (Brown Bear and Friends) Cover Image
By Jr. Martin, Bill, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805017441
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 15th, 1992

Blueberries for Sal Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670175918
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 1948

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic Cover Image
By Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781416987116
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 8th, 2009

Hibernation Hotel Cover Image
By John Kelly, Laura Brenlla (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781680100730
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Published: Tiger Tales - September 1st, 2017

Zen Socks Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545166690
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 29th, 2015

The Only Lonely Panda Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781680100655
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Published: Tiger Tales - September 1st, 2017

Big Bear Little Chair Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452144474
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 6th, 2015

The Bear's Surprise Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452140285
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2015