Chase, Clifford. Winkie.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

Chase, Clifford. Winkie. Grove. 240p. c2006. 978-0-8021-4310-5. $12.00. SA

This strange story of a teddy bear that comes alive is not a fairy tale but a political parable of our times. Winkie is a stuffed bear that suddenly comes to life after serving children in one family for years, beginning with Ruth and then her offspring. Nothing about Winkie's transformation into a living, sentient being is explained, but then isn't the potential of personality found in most beloved teddy bears? But don't get sentimental: this bear escapes from his neglected shelf into the woods and finds an abandoned cabin, once occupied by a possible terrorist/humanities professor. Winkie is arrested by government agents and put on trial on over 9,000 counts, beginning with treason. While in prison, he thinks of his past with the Chase family (yes, the story is based on the life of a well-loved bear of the author's whose picture is used throughout the book) and contemplates the absurdities...

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