Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
For more than a century, teddy bears have been the best loved, most purchased, and supremely cherished of all toys in the United States, Europe, and throughout much of the world. Teddies' fluffy, squishy, floppy bodies convey a sense of comfort, solace, and acceptance that appeals universally. Their wide-ranging appeal makes them the number one toy gift for both the sick and the well, for sweethearts and friends, and for males and females of all ages, and arctophiles (bear-loving collectors) fill their homes with teddies from every place and era. Teddy bears are so popular they are also the focus of countless stories, movies, and cartoons. The only toy to be inextricably linked to a United States president, this stuffed animal was ...