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The Story of the Teddy Bear

Teddy Roosevelt that old roughrider,
Inspired the name for the Teddy Bear,
When he wouldn’t shoot a crippled cub,
Declaring that it wasn’t fair.

They flourished in the twentieth century,
Bringing joy to many a tot.
When hugging his sweet Teddy
All his troubles he forgot.

Around for over a hundred years
As childhood’s favorite toy.
One could not go wrong by gifting one
To any small girl or boy.

I remember for his first Christmas.
I bought a Teddy for my son
And so did his grandma and auntie.
He learned to love them, every one.

When I put him down for a sleep or nap
He would never cry or whine.
Just as long as he had his Teddy Bears,
Every thing was dandy-fine.

Many children love their bears so much,
They cannot be separated
Even when they lose limbs, stuffing and eyes
And are almost disintegrated.

The person who made the first Teddy Bear
Is surely a multi-millionaire,
If he was smart enough to patent him
And has gotten his fair share.

By: Joyce Johnson 1/20/13

Copyright © Joyce Johnson

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  1. Date: 1/30/2013 12:14:00 PM
    Enjoyed the history lesson as well as this poem. Congrats on your win !!

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 10:11:00 PM
    I had a very large one that was black and white like a panda. Nice poetic way you have described these ever-popular toys.

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 11:58:00 AM
    Enjoyed your teddy bear story Joyce, Every child who has a teddy bear is truly blessed, congrats on your super win love xxx

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 9:53:00 AM
    a great poem from a very good poet on PS :) i like it. congratulations on your win my friend Joyce :) cheers!!

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 9:23:00 AM
    I love this History Lesson, thanks for this wonderful poem. Congratulations Joyce.

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 12:14:00 AM
    Congrats. Joyce......Seren

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 11:03:00 PM
    wonderful entry Joyce, many congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 10:21:00 PM
    great write. and enjoyed reading.....Congratulations on your win...

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 9:40:00 PM
    Joyce, Congratulations :-) on a cuddly interesting childhood thought and poem. Enjoyed your "Teddy Bear Picnic" winning poem in SandI's contest, ~Always* PD

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 9:22:00 PM
    thank you' SandyIvy

  1. Date: 1/21/2013 2:11:00 PM
    Joyce, a beautiful and touching story... God bless~PD

  1. Date: 1/21/2013 9:05:00 AM
    wonderful poem Joyce, brings back memories just love this....