The Teddy 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 ...


  • Pages: 32
  • First published in: 1993
  • ISBN: 3522435524
  • Edition: Picture Book
  • Illustrator: Bernhard Oberdieck
  • Original publisher: Thienemann Verlag
  • Translations:
    Chinese, Danish, Greek, Japanese, Catalan, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish

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Other Editions

  • New Edition:
    Der Teddy und die Tiere (The Teddy and the Animals)
    Thienemann Verlag, 2007. With illustrations by Cornelia Haas.

Radio Play

  • We recommend:
    Der Teddy und die Tiere (The Teddy and the Animals)
    Radio Play with Wolfgang Völz, May Urlacher.
    Together with: Die Rüpelschule (The School for Louts) and Lirum Larum Willi Warum. (Lirum Larum, Willi Why) MDR-production with music by Franz Bartzsch, DerAudioVerlag (edel) 2007.
  • Teddy Washable
    Told by Hans Clarin. By Michaela Pühn, Werner Thomas-Mifune. A Story after Michael Ende’s Der Teddy und die Tiere (The Teddy Bear and the Animals), enriched with a lot of music by Wilfried Hiller and others. 1 CD Koch Classics 2000. In co-production with BR.


  • CD-ROM:
    Der Teddy und die Tiere (The Teddy and the Animals)
    Pictures, Audio book and games 2002, for Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP. Narrator Rufus Beck. Terzio, for children aged 4 and over.