The Adventures of a Smudgy Bear
Dial, 9780803731639, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 14, 2009
Theodore loves Lucy even though she's often careless with him. He's an old experienced bear, comfortably smudgy, and he knows that it's part of a bear's life to be forgotten in a closet now and then. But when he's accidentally mixed in with the laundry and gets washed and dried, he's suddenly so shiny-clean that Lucy doesn't recognize him. He needs to figure out a way to get himself smudgy and bearish again! Theodore is a classic, universal story of a stuffed animal's adventures - a precursor to Corduroy and Knuffle Bunny. More than forty years after its original publication date, it's as fresh and endearing as ever, with help from Juli Kangas's happy, candy-colored new illustrations.