If you go down to the woods today…

Teddy Bears are optional at the Co-operative Bank Children’s Day at the Groynes on Sunday 4th March. But why wouldn’t you take your teddy bear? Thinking about dusting off my eyeless teddy, who has been present at many a picnic and library event over the years, got me to pondering favourite fictional teddy bears.

Cover of Brideshead RevisitedAloysius, the cherished companion of doomed old drunkard Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, immediately sprang to mind. Sebastian goes to the barber on the High in Oxford to buy a hairbrush ‘to smack Aloysius when he is naughty’, but sadly Aloysius fades out of the story when Sebastian begins to really hit the bottle.

Winnie the Pooh is of course immortal and then there’s Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear, the originator of so much merch he has his own stall at Paddington Station in London.

Favourite fictional bear of the non-teddy variety is as far from cuddly as it is possible to be: Iorek Byrnison, of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. Iorek is an armoured bear and the scene where he fights the bad bear king Iofur for the right to lead the bears to his kind of beardom is one of the most memorable I have ever read. Even the pallid movie they made of this wonderful story couldn’t ruin it.

Other favourite fictional bear nominations?

2 thoughts on “If you go down to the woods today…

  1. ValerieL 2 March 2012 / 1:49 pm

    I like Rupert. I think that little white bear looks very natty in his red jumper and yellow plad trousers with matching scarf. I used to love having the adventures of Rupert read to me on the weekends.

  2. Rachael 2 March 2012 / 3:14 pm

    I still get a bit choked up when I re-read Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted – Katie Morag kicks her Teddy into the sea during a temper tantrum, but later regrets it. I won’t spoil the ending – but I will tell you it does end happily. Thank goodness for Granny Island!

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