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May 02 2011

Two bad teddies by Kilmeny Niland

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Little Hare, 2010. ISBN 978-1921541865.
(Age 2-5) Recommended. 'Gruffy Ted and Tilly Ted loved Mollie-Sue. And Mollie-Sue loved her teddies.' But one day Grandma sent Mollie-Sue a new toy to play with. Bendy Bill has long stretchy arms and a silly grin. Mollie-Sue loved this new toy and even tucked him into her bed. Gruffy Ted and Tilly Ted were extremely jealous and did lots of bad things to try and get rid of Bendy Bill. One day, though, Bendy Bill uses his long arms to rescue Gruffy Ted and they all become good friends.
Niland explores a familiar theme of jealousy when a newcomer becomes the centre of attention and old loves seem to be forgotten. Through the humorous actions of the teddies, she is able to show that doing bad things is not the best way to get the attention of those we love and that cooperation is much the best thing.
Niland's illustrations are delightful. Vivid greens, reds and purples abound and little details like a blue bowtie for Gruffie and a red bow for Tilly make the illustrations stand out. I loved the grumpy expressions on the two bad teddies as they watch Bendy Bill become the centre of attention for their beloved Mollie-Sue. Other emotions, bewilderment, determination and finally happiness, came alive with each episode of the bears trying to oust Bendy Bill.
This is a perfect story to read when there is a new addition to the family. Best of all read it out loud to a toddler and enjoy the fun!
Pat Pledger

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