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Just Bear and Ian

I have received so many touching emails about how my books and the characters in my books become a special part of a child’s life. One story in particular I really want to share with you because the pictures sent with it speak volumes.

A few years back Kohl’s department store ran a promotion using my Bear series. They sold special versions of Bear books for $5 and for the same price they offered special stuffed animal Bear book characters.  Proceeds benefited a children’s hospital charity.  I was thrilled!

This wonderful promotion introduced thousands of children to Bear.  Ian is one of those children. Ian’s mother, Beth, wrote to tell me Ian’s story, and it is so wonderfully illustrated with her adorable pictures that I actually teared up. It is a profound feeling to realize that a character who was born in my mind plays a vital part in the lives of children and families. It is a blessing I never imagined when I first dreamed of being a children’s author, and yet is the most gratifying part of my job. I have received literally hundreds of emails with similar stories and I am grateful for every single one.

Beth writes:

This is my son, who received a gift
of Bear Stays Up for Christmas and the toy bear right after he turned one.
This was taken the moment that Ian first unwrapped the gift of his Bear.

Ian meets bear

That was then…  this is now:


We have since bought all of the Bear books.  As you can see in the
pictures from the moment that he unwrapped his gift little Ian was in
love.  Bear has since gone with him EVERYWHERE.  To bed, to the park,
sledding… hanging off the back of his tricycle all around the


Bear is practically famous at our church now, since he’s attended Sunday
school and preschool there as faithfully as Ian has.  He even has his
own name tag there.  Ian long ago created a voice for Bear, which I can
recognize from anywhere in the house, whether it’s Ian talking, or
Bear.  Whenever anyone asks what his name is, Ian says, “just Bear”.  He
and your stories about him have become a part of our family.  I just
wanted to share our pictures with you and say thanks for creating Ian’s
very best friend!


Thank you for writing Beth. I am touched and honored.  That is one of the most well-loved teddy bears I’ve ever laid eyes on, and who could help but smile seeing that picture of Ian taxiing his good friend around the neighborhood? Ian is an amazing child.