Der Teddy und die Tiere (The Teddy Bear and the Animals)

The teddy is old and worn and the child has long stopped playing with him. So it’s only natural that he has some thoughts about the meaning of his life. Especially as an impertinent fly keeps humming around him telling him that he is stupid and meaningless. Finally, Teddy sets off and wants to find out what he is good for. But none of the animal he meets is able to give him an answer. After all, he cannot make honey like the bee, not command and obey like the monkeys – he is not even suitable as food for the rattlesnake. Until one beautiful day a little girl offers him a stunningly simple solution ...


  • First publication: Thienemann Verlag 1993
  • Translations:
    Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Current German edition:
    Der Teddy und die Tiere (illustrated by Cornelia Haas)
    Hardcover, 32 pages, Thienemann Verlag 2007
  • See also:
    Von Schmetterlingen und weisen Elefanten (Of Butterflies and Wise Elephants)
    Collected picture books, 192 pages, Thienemann Verlag 2011

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