janet wyman Coleman

“You are never alone with a bear.”

            Michael Bond, author of Paddington


"Famous Bears & Friends" is a collection of teddy bear fiction and nonfiction stories, poems and songs. Winnie-the-Pooh rides a balloon up, up up, Corduroy takes an escalator and Paddington rises in an elevator. Titanic bear descends into the icy Atlantic, and Kumataro orbits the earth on the NASA space shuttle. Readers can hum to the “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” or imagine the voice of a robotic bear singing in Japanese. ("Umi ha hiroina, ookiina.") Then there are the stories behind the stories, actually “Behind the Fur,” that tell how the authors of Pooh, Paddington and Corduroy came to write about a stuffed bear. How did teddy get his name? How do teddy bear artists tell if their bears should be boys or girls? What happens to a bear who has lost an eye or a snout? It’s all there...for readers of any age. ("Famous Bears & Friends" was published by Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. The book is out-of-print, but copies are available on E-bay and from the author.)


"Coleman offers a beautifully designed collection of teddy bear history and story.... This is a solid handsome collection for teddy bear lovers, children and adults alike." Booklist

"This book is a must-have for teddy bear lovers of all ages." Boston Herald

"This treasury of the world's favorite toy will delight and thrill bear enthusiasts of all ages." www.wonderkorner.com

"I fell instantly in love with 'Famous Bears & Friends. ... This book, beautifully illustrated, is filled with a history of this favorite toy that will please all ages." www.bookviews.com

"...an affectionate homage...a handsomely designed treasury." Publishers Weekly

"This beautiful book gives your child a look at the stories behind the first teddy bear and other storybook bears we've come to love." Teaching K-8

Trapeze Girl, created by Dianne Liddic for a teddy bear show with a circus theme.

Chartreuse Tooloose, woven by Dianne Stott, from the wool of a sheep named Eloise.