Where did the Teddy Bear come from?

Cartoon in The Washington Post by Clifford Berryman

The term teddy bear was created in 1902 when President Theodore Roosevelt (often referred to as Teddy) was hunting. Some of his attendants capture a black bear and tied it to a tree for the President to shoot. The President refused and not long after was depicted in Clifford Berryman’s cartoon.

Morris Mitchem, who founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co., soon after created Teddy’s Bear – a soft toy cub which was immediately popular.

Lucia Wilson, author of The Adventures of Cedric the Bear (and more!), has written a list of her top picks for the ‘best children’s books with thought-provoking social themes’. Lucia has picked out three wonderful books which all have a social theme running through them, as well as being a great read and conversation starter.

“There is nothing more gratifying when you are reading your own books to a group of children to see that they are eager to know what is going to happen next.”

Head over to Shepherd to be inspired by Lucia’s list!

Cedric readings

One of my favourite things to do is to share Cedric’s adventures with children via readings.

I had a lot of fun just before Christmas reading online to a group of Brownies in Leeds. They really enjoyed listening to an extract from the story, Cedric in Paris, which is about the Pet Paralympians and the big race, Le Grand Dash.

Here’s Anne’s illustration of Minnie and Chen, two of the competitors.

After the reading, we had an interesting discussion about disability. I was so impressed by the girls I met and my admiration for the Brownies is boundless! What a great organisation*.

Please get in touch with us via the site if you would like us to do a reading at your school/organisation.

We’d be delighted to oblige!

Lucia x

*You can find out more about the Brownies and the Girl Guides by clicking here.

And here’s a link to the Scouts and the Cubs.

Drawing Cedric

When I was illustrating The Adventures of Cedric the Bear I did lots of drawings showing different facial expressions.

This is a great drawing exercise. The easiest way to do it is to draw a series of simple faces, like a cat’s face.Then choose five different expressions to draw on the faces. They could be: ‘Happy’  ‘Sad’  ‘surprised’  ‘Worried’  ‘Laughing’. Sometimes I make faces at myself in the mirror to get the right expression! Or you could ask someone else to make the face and then see what happens to their eyes and their mouth and very importantly to their eyebrows….

Have fun!

Anne x