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King Leonard's Teddy (Child's Play Library)

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Paperback, 36 pages
Published February 15th 2019 by Child's Play (International) Ltd
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Liz Houghton
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leonard finds out what money can’t buy. This is a lovely book that little ones are bound to enjoy - every child has a favourite toy and Leonard is no exception. But one day Leonard finds out that all his money won’t help him when Teddy suffers a mishap. Fortunately Leonard comes up with an ingenious solution.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
King Leonard's Teddy by Phoebe Swan, 36 pages. PICTURE BOOK. Child’s Play Inc, 2019. $11.

Content: G

BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

King Leonard only ever uses things once -- why not throw it away when you can buy a new one? But that won’t work with King Leonard’s teddy bear. Can anyone fix his teddy?

The blatant message in the end made me chuckle: King Leonard teaches readers that it is both fun and important to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I didn’t know that lesson wa
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Barbara
As this picture book shows, even the most self-absorbed and seemingly uncaring individuals can change. King Leonard never has to use anything twice or go without whatever he wants. If something breaks or gets old, he just throws it away. His decisions are rather short-sighted, but since he has plenty of money, he doesn't need to worry about wasting anything. But as it turns out, Leonard does have a heart, which is broken when his beloved Teddy bear is damaged. Desperately, he tries to find someo ...more
Mathew
For King Leonard, an anthropomorphic lion who world is on of wealth, ignorance and mass consumerism, life is very good. What he no longer needs or breaks, he tosses away and replaces with no concept of the effect on others or the planet. Under the servitude a very patient raccoon, Leonard neither cleans nor fixes anything choosing instead to toss them away. That is until something breaks which cannot be replaced.

Child's Play is an independent publisher who specialises in producing books that cel
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Stephanie Bange
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King Leonard views everything as disposable, until his teddy bear starts to fall apart. After he repairs the bear, he realizes how wasteful he has been and upcycles his refuse, finally opening his own fix-it shop.

Just a bit heavy-handed, Swan's cautionary tale of wasting resources, when you can repair them generally hits its mark in this predictable story. The digital art at times looks like woodblock prints; they are colorful and emotive.

This title could be useful in a unit on recycling and ste
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Ella
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is about a King who only uses things once and then throws them away. One thing the king does use over and over again is his teddy. When his teddy breaks he has to find a way of fixing him which encourages him to do the same to all the items he has thrown away. This is a good story to highlight the importance of recycling or reusing rather than throwing things away and could be used alongside a science topic on recycling with younger children.
Carro Herdegen
Content: G
King Leonard only ever uses things once -- why not throw it away when you can buy a new one? But that won’t work with King Leonard’s teddy bear. Can anyone fix his teddy?
The blatant message in the end made me chuckle: King Leonard teaches readers that it is both fun and important to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I didn’t know that lesson was coming, and Swan’s cleverness was appreciated.
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Suzi101
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book to read to young children who were staying with me - and we both loved it, despite the very considerable age difference. The illustrations are glorious and the story is humorous, kind and socially responsible - to say any more would be to give the plot away.

It's a wonderful achievement to write a story which so fully captures the imagination and interest of children.
Dylan Teut
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lot of good points made through this simple story-
-In a world where a lot of children have the notion "Oh you can just buy another one!" when something breaks, this drives home the point that some things are irreplaceable and we have to be careful and respectful of everything.
-Good example of creative problem solving.
-Good examples of repurposing and reusing.
Engel Dreizehn
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adults should be reading this too on...recycling, reusing, salvaging items for the good of self + the community and fixing/preserving the important stuff like a teddy bear friend for long periods of time.
Victoria Bureyko
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It has lovely illustrations and a great environmental message. We got it last week and my daughters have asked me to read it to them many times.
Edward Sullivan
A king transforms from wasteful and self-centered to environmentally conscientious.
Caroline
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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When a king's favorite teddy is destroyed he learns the value in the repairing instead of replacing things.
Nicola Kent
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book with fantastic message against our throwaway culture. A great story for adults and children to share.
Mary Norell Hedenstrom
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
King Leonard begins to recycle and upcycle his possessions.
Alex Skorecki
King Leonard is very spoilt. He gets any toy he wants. When it breaks, out it goes, crash bang wallop, onto the rubbish pile. But one day his teddy breaks, and he learns a big lesson.... A lovely story for little ones who will instinctively understand.
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