Prince Peter and the teddy bear / David McKee.

Prince Peter's parents are sure that their son must need something royal for his birthday like a throne or a crown. All Peter wants is a teddy bear.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: McKee, David.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
Edition:1st American ed.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This wryly illustrated British import serves up a reminder that material wealth can't replace emotional warmth. All Prince Peter wants for his birthday is a teddy bear. After politely refusing each of the king and queen's pricier suggestions (e.g., a sword, a white horse, a throne), the prince receives a solid gold teddy bear, which he sets on his bureau; it's too "hard and cold" to take to bed. But the bear begs for a cuddle, which brings him to life, and the cuddle becomes contagious. The next day, Peter gives each parent a hug and calls them "Dad" and "Mom" instead of "sir" and "ma'am," and they all behave as a real family at last. The sweetness of McKee's (Elmer) text is offset by his pointed, mischievous compositions, and the contrast between what's "proper" and what's human is strikingly funny: the characters almost seem to exhale in the closing scenes as they let go of their rigid ways. Electric hues‘juxtaposing scarlet and fuchsia, intense blue and purple, and citrus green and vermilion‘along with geometric overlapping planes and flattened perspective, lend a retro-1960s feel to the imagery. Although the royal family appears to belong to another era, they deliver a timeless message. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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