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Introducing Teddy by Jess Walton
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bookshelves: picture-books, lgbtqia, aww-2019

This is a beautiful story about Thomas the teddy, his friend Errol and Thomas’ desire to be his true self.

The narrative is a lot simpler than what I was expecting, but it is still a great story because it doesn’t complicate anything. We’re shown Thomas the Teddy’s fears about not having a friend anymore when he tells his friend his secret, but we’re also shown acceptance and love when he does.

Walton shows that nothing changes in teddy and Errol’s routine, it is exactly the same and she shows that telling people and showing them who you really are can be easy and matter of fact as well. Highlights have to be how Teddy’s friends immediately switch to her new pronouns when she tells them she would like to be Tilly instead of Thomas.

The illustrations by MacPherson are adorable, simple but descriptive as well, and I love that Teddy and Errol have this fun relationship that they continue to have when Errol learns Teddy would like to be Tilly.

Because it is a simple narrative it doesn’t take away the importance, but it is an easy to understand story for kids and with all the main moments covered by Walton’s story it is a great way to explore the topic. As the subtitle on the book says, it is a gentle guide to gender and friendship.
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Reading Progress

May 11, 2019 – Shelved
May 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 8, 2019 – Shelved as: picture-books
June 9, 2019 – Started Reading
June 9, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtqia
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: aww-2019

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