Review by The Mole
This book very much speaks for itself - it's a beautiful book to look at, a beautiful book to hold, and a beautiful book to read.
When you open the book the first page you come to is "This book belongs to" - all the really greatest books have that page and it smacks of a book to keep, to share, to pass on to future generations. Every page is a delight with full colour, beautiful, lifelike drawings of the characters in the stories!
When our children were younger I would read them bedtime stories every night and this was, for me, the most special time of the day.
There were a few "special" books and Jane Hissey's Teddy Bear Tales was one such book. This collection of 21 stories and poems is not all new and some of them have been in previous books - including Teddy Bear Tales - but there are many new ones too and they have been written and drawn specifically for this new collection. The link of the old stories to the new stories ensures, in my opinion, a continuity and reassurance to the older fans that Old Bear remains unchanged for the new generations and is something we can share - even if we start to get behind in other areas of their games.
A really fantastic book for grand parents and parents alike to buy for themselves to share with children or just to hoard for themselves, but every child deserves to be read to about Old Bear, his many friends, and adventures.
I don't give star ratings for books but if I did this would certainly be more than the 5 out of 5!
Publisher - Scribblers Books
Genre - Keepsake picture book, Children's