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Teddy Bear Plush Toys Review -- Popular Children Gifts

Updated on January 8, 2015

Congressman Winnie-the-Pooh

Bears are the classic, original plush toys. Although they gave way to some more exotic animals like giraffes and zebras, their place on top of the plush Olympus is secured for ages to come. For that they have to thank Winnie-the-Pooh – the most celebrated plush toy, the hero of children and adults alike, the object of psychological, educational and linguistic research and the character of many animation films. It's because of him that children were allowed to think up separate lives for their plush toys without being labeled as “odd.” Winnie-the-Pooh was and is the children's undercover political representative.

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Polars and Pandas

But lately it is the Polar and the Panda bears who claim all the headlines. Both kinds are under the threat of extinction; their cuteness helps their case indefinitely. Polar bears are presented by the National Geographic Society as cunning and shrewd hunters who can survive in the harshest conditions. Pandas appear as clumsier, less effective animals, which doesn't interfere with their celebrity status. It is now widely known that in China one can get the death penalty for killing a panda bear. Polar bears wear white fur, while pandas add a lot of black to the palette. Plush animals usually follow suit.

Tame and Train

There are many varieties of plush toys: starting with the replica of Winnie-the-Pooh based on the original illustrations, and ending with Kung-Fu Panda from the latest animation feature. There are lying, crouching and sitting bears, predisposing the kids to a range of games and one on one activities. Usually the smaller sitting versions are best suited for bed sharing. White bears are often offered with an additional prop in the form of a tie or a butterfly – but it's really up to the owners to decide if and how they want to dress up their plush bears.



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