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The Flying Teddy by June Dooney

Poor Tommy Teddy is bored with being in Penelope’s bedroom all day with nothing much to do. He sees some birds outside and says to his friend Mr Kiwi that he wants to become a bird and fly. Despite Mr Kiwi's concerns (who is flightless as well), Tommy Teddy’s mind is made up – he decides to go on a flying adventure!

Let’s just say the adventures does not go to plan, but Tommy Teddy learns something very valuable along the way – that even if he can’t be a bird, he is just perfect the way he is.

The Flying Teddy is a wonderful book to read aloud, and it was a special to learn that the story was originally read to the author’s five-year-old niece, who is now a woman in her 40s. This is not a surprise to learn about the longevity of this story as this charming picture book has a timeless quality, but with a distinct Kiwi flavour that children will love.

The illustrations are an absolute delight and are by New Zealand artist Jess Twohill.

Young children will adore this book, and I’m sure The Flying Teddy will become a firm family favourite and read many times.

Reviewer: Karen McMillan



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