Town Teddy & Country Bear: A Classic Aesop's Fable Retold
. Reverie Publishing Company . Cumberland, MD
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Here is a second copy from Better World Books. As I wrote of the first copy, this is a clever book. It takes an understanding of TMCM -- that each belongs in his own place -- and tells the tale to help the reader enjoy that view. In keeping with her first book, Bart makes the two main characters into teddy-bears, Bandanna and Tuxedo. For most of the book, each gets a facing page, with picture and text that make the point how alike their experience is: first of longing for the different and then of struggling with the different. Bart gets the text for each pair of pages to have one very close overlap. Thus Bandanna finishes his first left-hand page saying Restless as a wild mustang, I dreamed of action and adventure. I needed a change! Tux on the right-hand page writes All stressed out, I dreamed of sunshine, fresh air and wide open spaces. I needed a change! They exchange keys, cannot wait to get to cousin's home, and have trouble as soon as they get there. Bandanna drives the wrong way up Broadway, a one-way street. Tux starts a stampede. After some pages they come to parallel realizations: This country bear just wasn't suited to the city and This town teddy just wasn't cut out for the country. In a nice touch, they enjoy some time together in the country and then in the city, with either host helping the guest to enjoy its good part. At this point, the usual counterpoint picturing stops, and one border surrounds a large two-page spread for each venue. Now they visit each other every year. Together, they share the best of both the Town and the Country. The art is heavy on cute and cuddly, but the style fits the good story here.