Introducing Teddy – a Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton, Illustrated by Dougal MacPherson

51ue1eio2dl  Introducing Teddy – a Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton, illustrated by Dougal MacPherson. Bloomsbury, 2016. 9781681192109

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Errol (a boy) and Teddy (a bear) are great friends who enjoy lots of activities together. One day Teddy is sad and does not want to play. Teddy has realized in her heart that she is a girl teddy, not a boy teddy, and she is worried that Errol won’t like her anymore. But Errol does not care if Teddy is a girl or a boy. Teddy wants to be known as Tilly, and life goes on between the two friends. The very simple nature of Teddy’s transition to Tilly may be startling to adults, but makes sense to children, who would see the problem and solution as simple. Ink and colored pencil drawings are simple and whimsical and reminiscent of the style of G. Brian Karas. Their simplicity echoes the simple problem and solution that is the gist of the story. A lovely addition to picture books on gender expression.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to parents where needed, and for a read aloud on diversity.

Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? This book could go into a parent section on friendship or gender.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: December 23, 2016

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