Famous teddy bears and soft toys
Since the first teddy bear was created in 1903, there's been a parade of famous teddy bears throughout the history books.
Some famous for their television appearances, while others first appeared in the pages of much-loved children's books.
After all, who can forget Winnie the Pooh? According to the story, A.A. Milne's lovable Edward Bear is introduced to readers as Winnie-ther-Pooh, and you'd better know what it means, "...because it is all the explanation you are going to get..."!*
Yet, no matter which famous teddy bear is your favourite, at Big Fat Balloons, we have a range of character bears for you to love. See below for more information about some of our favourites.
*Taken from Winnie-The-Pooh The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems by AA Milne.
The Dutch writer and illustrator, Dick Bruna created this adorable white rabbit back in 1955. With her pointed, white ears, black button eyes and chubby cheeks, Miffy has delighted children for generations with her innocent adventures. While the books are aimed at ages 4-8 years, Miffy soft toys and accessories have a much wider age appeal.
Beatrix Potter's mischievous rabbit was originally created back in 1893 and first appeared in print in 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' in 1902. Over 100 years later however, the appeal of this lovable creature is still entertaining children and adults alike.
In 1903 Peter Rabbit became the first soft toy to be patented and is therefore the oldest licensed character. Our Peter Rabbit soft toys and gifts make beautiful keepsakes and are popular for Christenings or as new baby presents.
Star of the long-running comic strip 'Peanuts', Snoopy is Charlie Brown's pet beagle. The distinctive black and white illustrations of Snoopy by creator, Charles M Schulz, have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books and as an animated TV series.
The day-dreaming dog and his sidekick, a yellow bird named Woodstock, are an instantly recognisable duo and a favourite among children and adults alike.
Created by Raymond Briggs in 1978, the animated film The Snowman appeared on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 1982. Featuring the haunting song 'Walking in the Air', the film became an instant hit.
The unmistakable illustrations from Raymond Brigg's book have been made into numerous gifts, collectibles and soft toys.
Wallace and Gromit
Absent-minded inventor, Wallace, is a cheese enthusiast living in Wigan, Greater Manchester with his canine companion, Gromit. The plasticine modelled figures have had numerous televised adventures, usually with the highly intelligent Gromit saving the day.
The Hungry Caterpillar
The highly acclaimed children's story by Eric Carle has won numerous awards since it was first published over 40 years ago, in 1969. Highly educational, the book follows the very hungry caterpillar as it eats its way through a host of treats before turning into a cocoon and undergoing a metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.
Not only does the book teach pre-school children to count and the days of the week, it also introduces them to the lifecycle of a caterpillar. The book's gorgeous illustrations have also provided us with a cuddly caterpillar character.
Guess How Much I love You
Originally an illustrated book, written by Sam McBratney in 1995, Guess How Much I Love You is a heartwarming story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. The two go to ever-increasing lengths to describe their love.
Now the cuddly characters from this adorable book are available as cuddly toys and make wonderful gifts for new babies or as Christening presents.
Spot the Dog
Surprisingly, Spot, the lovable puppy famed for his antics in a range of Spot the dog illustrated stories, turned 30 in 2010. Created by Eric Hill, Spot first appeared in the book, 'Where's Spot?' in 1980. Over the years, his popularity has grown and now Spot stories are enjoyed by children around the world.
Spot stories are simple and educational, featuring Spot; his mum, Sally; dad, Sam; and friends Helen the blue hippo, Steve the monkey, and Tom the green friendly crocodile.
Elmer the elephant
There's nothing ordinary about the Elmer the multi-coloured, patchwork elephant. He certainly stands out from the rest of the elephants in the jungle. Stories about Elmer and his antics in the jungle have sold around 5 million copies and been translated into 40 languages around the world.
Now a TV series for children, Elmer the patchwork elephant is adored by kids, for his cheerful personality and practical jokes. Elmer soft toys make fantastic gifts as small children love his bright colours.
Stripy Horse is a brightly coloured, loose-limbed horse whose books are aimed at pre-school children. With bright colours to engage young children and imaginative stories to keep them entertained, Stripy Horse is fast becoming a children's favourite.
Stripy Horse, who lives in a bric-a-brac shop with his friends, also has his own TV series on CBeebies.
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