“This story has double intentions as it aims to inspire animal rescues and also to encourage children who may have very sudden and unexpected disabilities…”
Review by Rayleigh Setser
Teddy is a rescue cat who lost his ears from frostbite. Teddy has inspired a series of stories with his true-life adventures that share relatable messages of kindness and acceptance. Teddy hopes that his stories will raise awareness to the organizations that saved his life, and thousands of other animals’ lives every year.
Release Date: 10/26/2021
Teddy Loses His Ears is a sweet and heartwarming story about a cat who loses his ears due to frostbite. This story has double intentions as it aims to inspire animal rescues and also to encourage children who may have very sudden and unexpected disabilities (such as amputations, hair loss, etc.). I love that Teddy is portrayed to have done nothing wrong when he finds himself in the middle of the snowstorm and that the loss of his ears are by no fault of his own. I think this is a very important message to tell kids who may struggle with wondering "why me?" if they have to face this sudden trauma. On top of that, Teddy encounters other cats who are very curious about why he lost his ears, and the author expertly addresses how Teddy feels sad and awkward from this attention (which makes this a great educational resource for other children). However, she also makes a point to emphasize that Teddy shouldn't feel ashamed of his new look and that the other cats aren't being mean when they ask questions, they are just curious. I really feel that this book is a great conversation starter for talking about disabilities with children (there is even an illustration of Teddy with a group of children who have varying disabilities) and would be an incredible school resource. It's just such a sweet story with a powerful and inspirational message. Overall, this book made me smile and I feel like it would be a great addition to any child's library.
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