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Teddy Robinson Stories (Kingfisher Modern Classics) [Hardcover]

Deborah Sheppard , Joan G. Robinson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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16 Sep 2002 Kingfisher Modern Classics
Teddy Robinson was a nice, big, comfortable teddy bear who belonged to a little girl called Deborah. Sometimes a little shy - and sometimes a bit of a show-off - but always ready to make the best of things, Teddy Robinson has captured the hearts of generations of children. Whether he finds himself spending a night in hospital, proudly starring in his very own show, or playing pirates at the seaside, Teddy Robinson's cheerful, endearing personality shines through in this appealing children's classic. Ideal to read aloud, these classic tales of a loveable bear are perfect to share with all young children. First published in 1953, Teddy Robinson and its cuddly hero are true modern children's classics.

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (16 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753407159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753407158
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan G. Robinson (1910-88) trained as an illustrator and began writing and illustrating her own stories in 1939. Among her many stories for children are Mary-Mary, When Marni Was There and the enduringly popular Teddy Robinson. Working closely with her husband, she published over thirty books in her lifetime, many of which were tried and tested on her own family. And her family sometimes found their way into her stories too - Teddy Robinson is a real teddy bear, belonging to Joan's own daughter, Deborah, who herself features in the stories.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good stories to read to 4-5 year old girls 13 Jun 2006
I got this book out of the library recently to read to my 4 and a half year old daughter as it's recommended in the book Babies Need Books by Dorothy Butler. It's the first non-picture book we've tried and I wanted to see whether my daughter was old enough to just listen to stories rather than needing the pictures as well. She really enjoyed these stories and I was suprised by how well she listened. They are very old fashioned, but the language is very simple and still of interest to children today, (and lots of the picture books my daughter likes are also quite old-fashioned too - Tiger who came to tea, Alfie, etc). There are around 15 stories in the book and all are about 10-15 pages long, which seems to be just the right length to fit the concentration span of a child of Reception age.

To any adults who didn't come across these stories as a child, they are about a little girl called Deborah and her adventures with her favourite teddy bear. Each story involves simple everyday things like visiting a toy shop, leaving your teddy out in the garden overnight, etc. I don't know if they would appeal to boys - perhaps the stories are a bit too girly, but I would recommend them to any parent of a girl who wants to introduce the idea of listening to a story with no pictures (though each story does have a few nice line drawings).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely good for boys too 6 May 2008
I still have my battered original copies of these stories from the 1970s and recently started reading them to my 5 year old son for a welcome change from Horrid Henry. Like a previous reviewer, I was a bit worried that he might find them girly but Teddy R's personality and adventures are unisex (Teddy R happily dresses in fairy dresses and wellington boots, and dances or goes camping.) Each chapter gets a laugh and my son enjoys reading the silly songs and poems while I read the main text. I love the innocence of the stories and childlike humour and am really glad these stories are still in print. They are as wonderful as I remembered them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, gentle stories 2 Mar 2009
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A lovely book of simple, kindly stories. Don't go expecting the droll, sophisticated humour of Winnie the Pooh or the thrills of Superted. These are gentle, comforting tales, probably best for the very young or for children learning to read.

These tales were originally published in the 1950's and early 1960's, and it may be necessary to explain what "29s 11d" meant, but PLEASE don't let that put you off. The child's world has not changed THAT much since then. As long as children have favourite bears and lively imaginations, there is a place for Teddy Robinson.

Teddy Robinson was a real teddy owned by the author's daughter, Deborah, who appears in the tales. Fifty years later, she wrote the preface for this edition. The twist in the stories is that the "action" all takes place in Deborah's imagination: Teddy Robinson can't move - he just stays where he's been put down and has conversations with other toys or animals he encounters, and makes up songs about the things he sees.

Whether you have young children of your own, are a teacher or playgroup assistant, were a Teddy Robinson fan in your childhood, or just young at heart, this is an excellent value omnibus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet as fairy cakes 28 Jun 2008
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This book takes me right back to my childhood and is a charming collection of stories about Teddy Robinson and "his" little girl, Deborah, as they go about everyday life - birthday parties, playing house, going to the seaside and putting on a show. The stories are undemanding and set in a time when life was gentler and less fast-paced, which I think is reassuring for children, especially for a bedtime story.

Even at the age of seven, my son still asks for these stories - he cringes a bit at Teddy Robinson's ballet frock, admittedly - but still finds Teddy Robinson's silly humour worth a few giggles. I would recommend these stories to be read aloud together for any child 4-7 who has a favourite teddy bear!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories! 27 Nov 2007
By Rebecca
I came across this listing when searching for stocking fillers for my young niece and nephew. I am definitely going to place an order for this in a year or so when my niece is old enough to start listening well to non-pictorial stories. The Teddy Robinson books were read to me by my father when I was a child and just seeing the title listed evoked such warm fond memories. I can remember chuckling away to Teddy R's antics and my Dad nearly losing the ability to breathe let alone read whilst laughing uncontrollably at me, laughing at the story!! About 30 years have passed but I cannot imagine that Teddy R has lost any of his appeal!
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