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Bears in Children's Stories, Nursery Rhymes, and Books

Sheila is the author of the Fiona the Theater Mouse series of children's books, as well as Treasure in a Mountain Cave. She is also a poet.

Teddy Bear

A sleepy moment for Teddy Bear.

A sleepy moment for Teddy Bear.

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

Bear hiding in the woods. Shhh! He's in disguise.

Bear hiding in the woods. Shhh! He's in disguise.

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.

Bear Buddy

I take my bear everywhere.

I take my bear everywhere.

Winnie the Pooh (Pooh Bear) - by A.A. Milne

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!

Paddington Bear

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

Well-loved vintage Teddy Bears (and a bunny, too).

Well-loved vintage Teddy Bears (and a bunny, too).

A Good Read for Beginning Readers

This Little Bear series 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.

There are several books with different themes in the series, including friendship, visiting with grandparents, and others.

Corduroy

by Don Freeman

Corduroy 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?

Once you read this book, you may fall in love with Corduroy, too.

Girl with Bear

Girl with Stuffed Bear Friend. Whew! That was a long climb up the stairs. He's no feather weight.

Girl with Stuffed Bear Friend. Whew! That was a long climb up the stairs. He's no feather weight.

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 original story behind Disney's film The Jungle Book was written by Rudyard Kipling. The language in this book is full of wit and humor. Although the movie is endearing, the book is so much better.

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

Carrying along a bear friend.

Carrying along a bear friend.

© 2010 Sheilamarie

Do You Have a Comment About Your Favorite Bear Story? - Or Just Let Us Know You and Your Teddy Bear Were By For a Visit

Takkhis on March 07, 2013:

I love bear story! :)

Ardyn25 on February 17, 2013:

Wonderful lens...I love bears!

Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 26, 2013:

@mecheshier: Thanks, *mecheshier,

I love children's books, too.*

mecheshier on November 24, 2012:

Great Lens! I love children's books. Bears are a fabulous character, cudly and sweet (usually).. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article!

Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on November 20, 2012:

@LouisaDembul: He's my favorite, too.

LouisaDembul on November 20, 2012:

We used to enjoy the Paddington books as children, but actually Winnie the Pooh is an all out favorite bear in our family!

MelanieMurphyMyer on August 21, 2012:

This is adorable. :)

Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on August 09, 2012:

@Sylvestermouse: When my sons were little one of them always sang that song. His older brother was driven nuts by it, but I enjoyed it every time.

Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on August 09, 2012:

@PaigSr: I didn't know Paddington when I was little, but it was love at first sight later.

Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on August 09, 2012:

@Diva2Mom: I remember making a Winnie the Pooh mobile for my niece using some little felt characters from the stories.

Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on August 09, 2012:

@LynetteBell: I agree, SoundFinance. They're my favorites, too.

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on July 31, 2012:

I love all bears but Paddington and Pooh are favorites

Diva2Mom on July 15, 2012:

Great lens! I love everything about Bears. We chose Winnie the Pooh Theme for our first newborn. It was fun decorating. We love Bear Stories! My mother in-law has a nice Bear collection, so my kids are into bears. Thank you for sharing this and God bless.

PaigSr from State of Confusion on July 10, 2012:

Paddington is my choice of bears. As far as I know I have all the books, videos and a couple of stuffed bears. And did I mention the poster that is still on the wall at my parents house.

sheezie77 on June 11, 2012:

Amazing lens, I enjoy it! Squidlike

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 12, 2012:

Oh, I love all bears! Funny, I have always known Pooh was a bear, but he is such a unique bear that he is like his own species :) Oh, and you know that song, "Look for the Bear Necessities?" It is a family favorite around here. You never know when someone in my household will break into song, but what is funniest, there is always someone else who says "golly, Baloo" at exactly the right time.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on July 20, 2011:

My kids enjoyed animals in movies and storybooks. I would agree it's hard to pick a favorite but then who doesn't love a good old-fashioned teddy bear story!

lasertek lm on April 04, 2011:

My daughter loves reading the Winnie-the-Pooh adventure books.

ohcaroline on March 14, 2011:

Very good article on bears in children's stories. Lens rolling to Teddy Bear Day.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on October 25, 2010:

There are so many great books about bears for children. We had many favorites.

anonymous on October 11, 2010:

Without books, the world would starve. Every book had a lesson.We can read it for instruction or entertainment. It can provide knowledge to all ages and education levels.You share a nice lens with Best Books Directory team.

Mary from Chicago area on September 09, 2010:

It's funny how an animal you'd never want to see IRL makes such a sweet, loveable hero in a kid's story! Love the lens.

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