I’ve been saving this book for October 31, because today is my brother’s birthday, and because of reasons, this book makes me think of him.
There is a competition at school for the best loved bear. Tim loved his bear Toby, but Toby is very, very scruffy. His nose is bare, his ear is torn, he is all sticky from the icecream that Tim has shared with him. Tim tries to clean him up as best he can, but Toby is still scruffy. But when the principal comes in to judge the competition, she sees that although Toby may not be the most beautiful bear, he is definitely the best loved bear.
This is a simple and gentle story, accompanied by simple and gentle illustrations. The bears in our house, Ursa, Hugo and Pedro, given to the girls by Granddad Strange Land, Barney, given to Miss Eleven by Granny Strange Land in a reading connection, and Paddington, also Miss Eleven’s bear, from her Great Uncle Strange Land, are well loved too, if a little worse for wear.* Each time we read this story, the girls would go to bed cuddling their well loved bears.
Happy birthday, beloved brother of mine!
*The Misses Eight have plenty of other cuddly stuffed toys! They just happen not to be teddy bears.