The Legend of the Teddy Bear
by Frank Murphy
While nearly everyone has a memory of their own favorite tattered teddy bear, the details of the day President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear have been lost to time. Now, nearly 100 years later, the legend that has grown around that fateful encounter will captivate you in this delightful tale. Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen brings his magical touch to another great American legend with illustrations for the origins of America's favorite stuffed animal and how it got its name. Author Frank Murphy shares the history and lucky timing of two candy store entrepreneurs who took the story of President Theodore Roosevelt's warmhearted gesture in refusing to shoot a cornered bear and turned it into a legend of the toy world. Relive the memory of your own timeless, tattered "Teddy's" bear with The Legend of the Teddy Bear.
- Dewey: 973.91
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585360130): 32 pages, 10.5 (w) x 10.5 (h), © 2001, 08/29/2000
- PDF (9781627531238): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627533003): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 7 - Age 10
- ATOS Reading Level: 5.0
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 60691
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Folklore & Mythology (JNF052030)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American (JNF018040)
- Indiana Young Hoosier State Book award Nominee, Runner-up, 2003
- IRA Children's Choice Award, Winner, 2001
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Author: Frank Murphy
A graduate of Rutgers University, Frank is currently a second grade teacher in the Council Rock School District in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Frank lives in Holland, Pennsylvania, and has two sons, Griffin and Chase.
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen was born in the Netherlands in 1951. With his seven brothers and sisters, he grew up exploring nature and his sketch pads were filled with observations from those family outings. Always drawing as a young boy, his father encouraged Gijsbert to make art his career. After high school, he attended and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in Arnhem, Holland.
Gijsbert, or “Mr. Nick” as many children affectionately call him during his school visits, immigrated to the United States in 1976 and worked as Art Director for the Michigan Natural Resources Magazine for 17 years. In 1995, he illustrated his first children’s book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, finally fullfilling his dream of illustrating children’s books.
Residing in Bath, Michigan, Nick and his family share their 40-acre farm with sheep, horses, dogs, cats, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, pigeons and a revolving door of orphaned and injured wild life. The family’s nature journals logged 20 years of wild life rehabilitation on the farm and it is through these journals that the popular Hazel Ridge series was created. The farm, the land and the animals make great subjects for the artist to paint.
Mr. Nick travels to schools and conferences to share his passion for drawing—encouraging kids to make their hobby their career.