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Children's Fiction Toys, Dolls, Puppets

Theodora Bear

by (author) Carolyn Jones

illustrated by Barbara Spurll

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
Toys, Dolls, Puppets, Imagination & Play, Siblings
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price

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About the authors

Carolyn Jones teaches high school English and Spanish in Port Coquitlam. She lives in the Strathcona neighbourhood of East Vancouver with her beloved teddy bear, Theodora. Theodora Bear was written to entertain Carolyn's goddaughters, Emma and Sarah. They always want to hear about Theodora's latest adventures, and particularly enjoy stories in which the bear outsmarts the girl she lives with. Carolyn Jones was born in Havana, Cuba, and has lived there, in New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver. Theodora Bear is her first book.

Carolyn has provided a novel study unit for Theodora Bear; click here to download a Microsoft Word document, or here to download a PDF.

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Barbara Spurll is best known for her renderings of animals with attitude. Besides her award-winning work on the Emma series, Barbara's artwork enlivens many other books for children, including Mooki and the Too Proud Peacock, The Flying Tortoise, and Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! Born in England, Barbara now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Excerpt: Theodora Bear (by (author) Carolyn Jones; illustrated by Barbara Spurll)

"Why am I the only one who ever makes the bed?" Harriet said.
Theodora looked up.
"Because you're the only one with thumbs," she said. "See?" She held out her paws. "Bears don't have thumbs. So it's hard for us to do jobs like that."
"Penguins don't have thumbs either," Vera said. She held out one orange flipper for Harriet to see.
"Nor do sheep," Lambie said.
"Cats don't have thumbs either," Tiger said. "But that's not why we don't make beds."

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