Introducing Teddy

Jessica Walton

Introducing Teddy
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
United Kingdom
25 May 2016

Introducing Teddy

Jessica Walton

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it’s riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do together.

One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas the Teddy is sad, and Errol can’t figure out why. Then Thomas the Teddy finally tells Errol what Teddy has been afraid to say: ‘In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly.’ And Errol says, ‘I don’t care if you’re a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.’

A sweet and gentle story about being true to yourself and being a good friend, Introducing Teddy can also help children understand gender identity.


Errol and Thomas the teddy are best friends, doing all the things that kids and their teddies love to do together, like going on picnics and visiting playgrounds. But one day Thomas is feeling particularly sad and, after gentle questioning from Errol, he explains it’s because he really wishes to be a girl teddy and to be called Tilly, not Thomas. Errol doesn’t mind – he just wants his teddy to be happy, and so do their friends. So Thomas becomes Tilly and the friends keep on having fun. This is a very simple story about the desire to change gender, with gorgeous illustrations by Dougal MacPherson. This is a great conversation starter about gender diversity that will have a strong appeal to kids aged 3–6.

Angela Crocombe

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