Teddy & Co ( Ages 6 + )
By : Cynthia Voigt
Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers ( November 2016 )
Reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh, and Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, this is indeed a classic! The text is so luscious and nurtures the imagery. While it address simple pleasures of the childhood world, it provides food for thought for the older generation as well as the younger.
This is a tale of a group of worn-down lost toys; a very imaginative Teddy Bear, an elephant who loves to bake, a very hungry snake, a very reserved penguin and two funny pigs. Together they lead a content life in a lone island until their peaceful days are interrupted by some new comers. A bunny rabbit who`s actually not so soft and innocent as he looks and a regal doll with some haughty qualities. How their arrivals affect the previous settlers is an intriguing tale.
The story contains some meaningful moral lessons about compromise and harmony. Their days filled with many activities and findings reminded me of playing house as a kid. And I laughed out loud at what I felt was the underlying sarcasm aimed at grown-ups.
" Yes, Queen Clara, Said Sid. He`d never talked to a queen before,but he liked it.When he was talking to a queen,everything he said became more important" .................
" I dont think I need a title, do you? Peng asked Teddy. I know I don`t want a job.
Peng will be the Royal Adviser, Clara announced. "I`m going home now", Peng told Teddy.
Then Clara announced. "Since a Queen always know what to do, I will never need advice. You may leave me now Royal Adviser". "
Nevertheless with some cuddly toys in action and with innocent, childish and thoughtful conversations, children could relate to this easily. The story consists of nineteen stand alone chapters accompanied by some charming sketches. And it serves as an ideal early reading material as well.
The gripping line-up of events, intoxicating settings and the toy characters adds up to the perfect text in holding the listeners. The story has the most compelling beginning with the friends taking off on an expedition, picnicking along the way and pretending to be explorers. The "thinking sort of a bear" Teddy has much to offer to his young and old readers.
The Newbury Award winning Cynthia Voigt presents a simple tale for the whole family that unravels the complexities of society.
( With many thanks to Knopf Books and NetGally for the ARC )