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Here is a poor nameless teddy bear, still lovable—but what good is that if there is no one to love you, or worse, no one for you to love?

Once this little old bear both loved and was cherished, but now he lies among the junk in a trash can, waiting sadly to be tossed in the dump. 

He can't even cry, he has lost his eyes.

But wait! Little old bear is suddenly — and literally — tossed and tumbled into such happiness as he wouldn't have dared to hope for. The story of how he gives "great joy in his old age" will bring much joy to many listeners in their young age! 

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Hilda Van Stockum

Hilda Van Stockum

1908 - 2006
Dutch American
A Dutch childhood, adventurous travel around the world with her naval officer father, art school in Dublin and Amsterdam, and finally, adulthood split... See more

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Plumfield Moms Podcast

Meet Hilda van Stockum's Son: John Tepper Marlin
Released in 2022 by Plumfield Moms Podcast
Available formats: Streaming Audio
Length: 42 min.
View on the Plumfield Moms Podcast site


Plumfield and Paideia

Little Old Bear
Reviewed by Diane Pendergraft
“Once upon a time there was a little old Teddy bear. He was so old that he had lost his fur and his eyes and he was not the handsome little bear he had once been. “The children he had played with had grown up and gone away, and so he lay in a dusty corner of the attic and made friends with the mice.”

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Kirkus Reviews

Little Old Bear
The discarded toy story is an old standby, but this one has a new twist. The small listener will follow the adventures of...

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