Book Review: The Teddy Bear’s Promise, by Diana Noonan, illustrated by Robyn Belton

Diana Noonan is a children’s writer –over 100 bcv_the_teddy_bears_promiseooks from young adult to children’s picture books. She has won numerous awards over the years, and lives in the remote Catlins, south of Dunedin.

I have read many books to small children over a number of years and am familiar with earlier books she has written – The Best-loved Bear and The Best-dressed Bear. This book – The Teddy Bear’s Promise is written and illustrated in the same endearing style.

The same day that Max’s Dad helped his Gran shift, he bought a dusty box home. The story that unfolds is of a very remarkable bear that was there for another little boy many years before. The journey this bear has been on and how he came to end up in a box neglected for many years is a story than most small children will adore.  It’s a simple and uncluttered story with beautiful illustrations. I found the story very touching and am looking forward to reading this book in the near future, to some of my younger grandchildren.

This book would appeal to children from as young as 8 – 9 months old upwards. With Christmas not too far away, this would make a lovely gift.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

The Teddy Bear’s Promise
by Diana Noonan, illustrated by Robyn Belton
Published by Craig Potton Publishing
ISBN 9781877517808