Barty Barton is Thomas’ much loved teddy bear, but as time goes by Barty becomes more tatty and worn until the day Thomas’ mum comes to the rescue and gives Barty Barton a much needed bath, fresh stuffing and some new stitching and he’s ready to go to Thomas’s own child.
We watch Thomas’s mother labour with love over Barty and reassure him along the way, showing the reader just how much a parent can love their child’s favourite cuddly toy.
I read this with my almost-four-year old daughter and shared it with a colleague to read to her children and it was loved by all; a real heart warming and gentle tale which made me realise that my own teddy bear from many years ago was actually in my fathers room! We gave him a wash and gifted him to my daughter and he’s the spitting imagine of Barty in the books! Which thrilled my daughter even more!
Barty Barton is a beautiful story book for children of any age and is one of those that’s also enjoyable for the adult who is to read it over and over again too! I actually really want to delve in to the other stories by Wickstead!
About the Author
Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and writes children’s picture books with a bus theme. She has also written a photographic history book about the real bus, which is where her story writing began. Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. The ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book was published in 2012.Sue then began to write a fictional tale about the bus.