Bears in Children's Stories, Nursery Rhymes, and Books
Bears Make Cuddly Main Characters in Children's Books
Do you have a favorite bear from a children's book?
Do you remember the first time you read The House at Pooh Corner? Or maybe Corduroy, or Little Bear's Visit?
Real bears may not be quite so dependably huggable, but bear characters in children's books are consistently good-natured and lovable. I can remember reading the Winnie the Pooh books to my children and delighting in his child-like perspective on the world. I especially like the image of Pooh holding a balloon, disguised as a dark cloud, and trying to raid the honeybee's hive. "Silly bear!"
This hub describes some of those favorite books whose main character is a bear. Perhaps you will want to share some of these stories with your children. You may have other favorites, and if you do, feel free to mention them in the guestbook. Sharing books and stories is one of the great joys in life.
I will begin with a bear rhyme that you may remember. . .
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he?
Teddy in the Woods
Choosing Books for Kids
Sometimes you don't have to spend a lot of time choosing books for kids because they are so eager to choose their own! You bring a child to the library and the problem isn't so much finding a book the child will like but in limiting the number of books the child wants to take home.
Some children are drawn to books like magnets. Of course, the fact that you've been reading to that child since he was a little baby may have something to do with it. The more we read good literature to our children, the more they'll find enjoyment in reading themselves.
Reading aloud to kids is a great way to help them see what fun and excitement reading can be. Bears have, for some reason, long been finding their winsome way into children's literature. After all, a real bear, though gorgeous to look at, can be ferocious and is seldom an animal a child would cuddle up with. Still, teddy bears have been favorite snuggly friends for generations.
Books written about these bears have been with us for years as well. This hub will remind you of some of the bear friends you may have enjoyed in your own childhood and maybe even introduce you to one or two you may have missed. I hope you can share these bear stories with a young someone you know.
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (Pooh Bear) - by A.A. Milne
Full set of Winnie the Pooh books. This set may become an heirloom, passed down to the next generation of young readers.
Winnie the Pooh
Story by A.A. Milne
Winnie the Pooh is my all time favorite bear for wisdom and delight. His perspective on the world is unique. He helps us see the humour in our own perspective, too.
We can often see the people we know portrayed in Pooh Bear's friends. Don't you know someone like Rabbit and Tigger? I do. And then there's Eyeore, that depressed but loveable friend. Most of us have someone like that in our lives, too.
Round and round the garden
Goes the teddy bear.
One step, two steps,
Tickle him under there!
This book of six stories from the Paddington Bear series is a great introduction to this beloved bear. I love the way this little lost bear tugs at the heart strings of his newly found family. The story of the young bear who was a stow-away all the way from South America to England may initiate a conversation about refugee children in our world today who may also have survived an ordeal of escape and relocation.
Paddington Bear - by Michael Bond
Paddington is another wonderful bear friend to discover with your child. Marmalade, anyone?
Paddington Bear, from "Darkest Peru," now lives in London, England. He was found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station wearing nothing but a hat and a tag which said "Please look after this bear. Thank you." The Browns take him home and his London adventures begin.
Paddington Bear's favorite food is marmalade.
Video: The Adventures of Paddington Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers.
Vintage Teddy Bears
A Good Read for Beginning Readers
This is a wonderful beginning-to-read experience for children. Little Bear has many day to day experiences interacting with family and friends that a young child will recognize. The human relationships are warm and reassuring. The stories are short enough that an early reader can gain confidence and the encouragement to keep reading. Little Bear series
There are several books with different themes in the series, including friendship, visiting with grandparents, and others.
by Don Freeman
is a little bear sitting on the shelf in a toy shop when someone claims him as a special friend. What is it about this story that melts the heart of so many of us? Is it because he lost his button? Is it because of the little girl who falls in love with the little bear and saves all her coins until she has enough to buy him? Corduroy
Once you read this book, you may fall in love with Corduroy, too.
Girl with Bear
Bears on Walt Disney
To Disney or Not to Disney? - How Does Disney Interpret a Story?
Many people feel that when Walt Disney makes a film of a classic story or fairy tale, the film is a watered down facsimile with jazzed up sections to appeal to popular culture. Some regard these versions as significantly different from the original author's and illustrator's intention, and thus somehow spoiling that original version.
Other people just love it when a new Walt Disney movie comes out and can't wait to see it with their kids.
What do you think?
Do Walt Disney Versions of Your Favorite Stories Ruin Them?
The Jungle Book
The Bear Necessities - From the Jungle Book
Bears in Children's Stories
Have a cup of tea with toast and marmalade, or maybe a pot of honey or two. And then sit down and tell me what it is you find so charming about these stories about our teddy bears.
Maybe you're like me and just love all quality children's literature, but stories about bears have something just a little extra, don't you think? Maybe it's their chubbiness or the fact most of us have snuggled with a teddy bear in bed as a small child.
Maybe it's in the fine writers who have chosen to write about them, too.
When you leave a comment, be sure to mention which bear is your favorite bear. I love them all, but I think Winnie the Pooh is my favorite. That must be why I started with him.
What about you?
Hitting the Road with a Bear
© 2010 Sheilamarie