This is the worlds largest teddy bear. It measures 19.41 metres in length and was made by Municipio de Xonacatlán in Mexico. It is more than 215 times the size of the smallest bear and approximately the height of a 4 storey building!
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.”