Fans of classic toy stories like Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, and Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins will love this illustrated novel by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt.
Winner of a Parents Choice Silver Honor Award
Teddy is a thinking kind of bear. Of all his friends, he does the most wondering. He lives with a ragtag group of lost toys—a very hungry snake, an elephant who likes to bake, two charmingly silly pigs, and a reclusive penguin—and they all bump along happily together. But their peaceful world gets shaken up when new toys arrive—first a rabbit, who is not as soft and floppy as he looks, and then a beautiful doll with royal ambitions. Will the newcomers learn to fit into the community? Or will the community be forever changed by them? As Teddy the philosopher would answer: Yes.
Cynthia Voigt’s charming tale of community and compromise comes alive in the adorable pictures from Paola Zakimi. Fully illustrated and lovingly designed, this book would make a terrific gift or family read-aloud.
"An affirming celebration of friendship, kindness, and embracing new experiences and relationships." --Publishers Weekly
"This work has a classic sensibility, reminiscent of Winnie-the-Pooh. A great option for one-on-one bedtime read-alouds." --School Library Journal
Voigt (the Mister Max books) delivers a warm, subtle novel about the big-hearted adventures of a group of toys living on an island. Spare but astute character development quickly establishes Voigt's cast, which includes Sid, a perpetually hungry snake; Umpah, an elephant with a penchant for muffin-baking; and Peng, an introverted penguin. Teddy stands firmly at the center, a hopeful wonderer who relies on his friends to push him around in his red wagon, having no legs. Voigt tenderly highlights the friends' cooperation when they take Teddy to explore new terrain outdoors and figure out how to let him enjoy the water while Prinny, an irrepressible pig, learns how to swim. When a seemingly sinister rabbit, Mr. B, arrives, followed by a doll named Clara who proclaims herself queen, the equilibrium of the group is threatened, but Teddy and friends quickly bring the outsiders into the fold. It's an affirming celebration of friendship, kindness, and embracing new experiences and relationships. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 7 10. Author's agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management.