Teddy: the remarkable tale of a president, a cartoonist, a toymaker, and a bear by James Sage, illustrated by Lisk Feng. Kids Can Press, 2019. $18. 9781771387958
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
After President Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub, a cartoonist was inspired to memorialize that act for the newspaper. That cartoon inspired a husband and wife to add a special bear to their handmade toy offerings, which, named Teddy after the President, became wildly popular all over the world.
With a bit of creative license, Sage and Feng introduce a new generation to a presidentially-named icon. Wry humor, just enough words on each page, and the illustrations feel spot on for the time period.
Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS