​The Journey of Freddy, My Teddy tells us the story of how one cute and cuddly bear, who feels scared and alone will soon find a new home, filled with lots of love from Darla, a bright young girl, who'll take care of him forever.

James Allen McDonnell from Sarasota, Fl. is an author of children and Young Adult literature. He studied English and Literature at WCCC and is currently enrolled at SCTI for creative writing. James attends local writers groups and enjoys being a visiting storyteller at children’s reading day at the park. He is affiliated with Well Fed Writer Workshops, Writers Digest University and Music Wire US. Contact: J

Story Below...

​Teddy lie on the table.
He wanted to move,
But wasn’t quite able.

Some of his parts were still incomplete.
He had a head,
But no arms and feet.
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“How did I end up this way?”
Sadly he thought,
“Maybe someone will come help me one day.”

The only thing he could do,
Was hope someday, 
it would all come true.
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At night, Teddy saw traces of light, 
Shining through a nearby window.
It flickered bright.

There, odd shapes walked around 
and often made strange sounds.
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If they can walk then why can’t I?
Something must be wrong.”
Teddy felt sad and wanted to cry.

What he didn’t know,
He was at the back of a toy store.

He would no longer feel sad, because after tonight…
he would soon be complete…
and his future would be happy and bright
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In came the shapes with a new set of arms and cute and furry feet
Made especially for him earlier that week

He was pleased at how lucky he became
Part by part, legs and arms all the same…
He was beautiful…
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Teddy sat there for a while,
with a great big smile.
It wouldn’t be long,
Until Teddy would soon be gone.
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As the shapes came and went,
They placed him into a box with a dent.
Then carried him up to the front of the toy store,
Just as all the other toys had before.
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Bounce, bounce, bounce, he went
Through the store in the box with a dent.

Then placed on top of a shelf with a bright Red balloon,
Where toy cars and trucks sat that went, rume, rume, rume.
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Teddy soon became friends with all the other toys around,
Forever and ever until one day they were found.

There were these shapes that the toys called, boys and girls,
To be taken home by one of them was the greatest thing is the world.
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That one day finally came for Teddy,
He looked nervous and felt unready.

A little girl smiled at him and said,
Little bear...I’m going to call you Fred.
Later that night,
He found out the other toys were right.
​................................................................................

This shape was the best friend one could ever have.
She read to him, kissed him and cuddled him all night long.
She played music and sung songs for him.
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Teddy still thinks about his friends back at the toy store,
When he waved goodbye to them as he went out the door.
He hoped for them all the same,
To be truly loved by someone like he is for evermore.


THE END


This Week's Review - The Journey of Freddy, My Teddy - James A McDonnell

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