WCCO interviewed Janie briefly as she held her Book Launch Party at Buffalo Books & Coffee.
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WCCO came to Buffalo Boos & Coffee whiched a Book Launch Part for Janie’s The Purple Teddy Bear Book.
The Purple Teddy Bear
Why I love this story by Heather Tesch
As a Child I often begged my mom to readThe Purple Teddy Bearto me – an adorable story she wrote. When my mom agreed, I would excitedly watch as she reached up in her closet.She would pull down a box containing slightly yellowed pieces of paper with the handwritten story and simple illustrations drawn in ink.I loved to hear her read from the worn pages. The story was mesmerizing – even without a fancy cover or colorful drawings.She dreamed of getting it published someday, but at the time was far too busy raising five little girls.
Now decades later my mother is in her 80s. Finally, after years of pestering and encouraging by my sisters and me, she has published this fantastic story.
The story is about a child’s Christmas wish and a very unique teddy bear. It teaches us to love and embrace the things that make each of us unique and special.
When a little boy asks Santa for a Teddy Bear for Christmas Santa’s elves have a big dilemma and aren’t sure what to do. They have already used up their supply of soft brown teddy bear fabric. The only way to fulfill the boy’s wish is to make a bear out of purple fabric.
You see, even though teddy bears come in all sorts of colors today, at one time all teddy bears were brown. No one had ever imagined a bear in any other color – and certainly not purple!
Could anybody ever love a purple teddy bear? Can a purple bear learn to love and accept what makes him different?
Ultimately the story teaches us that we are all special, and encourages us to appreciate what makes us unique. It’s a great lesson for kids, and a nice reminder for us grownups too!
Janie and her daughters Christmas 1967
Heather is Janie’s youngest daughter. She is a meteorologist, former TV personality and creative like her mother.