King Leonard’s Teddy by Phoebe Swan

      King Leonard’s Teddy by Phoebe Swan, Child’s Play 9781786281845, 2019

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? King Leonard is a very rich lion, who only uses things once and then throws them away. That is until one day his beloved teddy bear is ripped. He knows a new one would just not be the same. He went into town to search for help, but it appears everyone else had the same mindset, only buy new. This would just not work for his teddy bear, and Leonard realized around his castle there were already broken bits that could be used to repair his teddy bear. Soon, he was finding new uses for all his discarded things. An excellent message of persistence, he worked hard to find a fix. Of course, wastefulness is the main theme, and is enhanced by suggestions in the back of the book, how readers can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The illustrations have an almost vintage feel, but with the use of brighter colors than older books. The characters are all very kind looking and the use of technology (ordering online) is subtly in the background.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a great read aloud to preschoolers and young elementary school students about wastefulness and ways to prevent it, in a gentle and silly way.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschool/day-care, elementary schools.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Zoe and Lindsey Hughes, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA

Date of review: 8/7/19

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