From Publishers Weekly
Teddy bear fans and non-teddy bear fans alike will warm right up to this satisfying tale of a curmudgeonly but lovable bear who happens to be able to talk. In a case of mistaken identity, Drummond is brought to life by a girl named Sarah and her brother Nicholas. Determined to find the other Sarah, his original owner, the bear embarks on a series of adventures. Odgers spins a convincing tale--the interaction between the siblings is especially well rendered--and readers will find themselves caught up in unraveling the mystery. Broken up into chapters and peppered with Jones's delicate ink-and-wash illustrations, the lengthy (112 pages) story moves along briskly, well-suited for reading aloud or for solo reading by intermediates. Ages 7-10.
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-- Drummond is an old forgotten stuffed bear about to be put out for sale at a village fair. When he hears someone calling the name "Sarah," he comes to life and begins talking. But this is a new Sarah--not his former beloved owner. Help comes, however, when this Sarah and her brother, Nicholas, set out to find Drummond's owner. While Drummond has a definite personality (a bit on the cranky side), the emphasis is not on character development. The book's strong point is its well-developed plot that moves briskly along. Jones puts the right mix of fantasy and droll humor into her watercolor scenes outlined in pen-and-ink. They add to the enjoyment of the story, which could be a lap book to be shared with younger children or read on its own by older children. Since Drummond's original Sarah is now white-haired, older family members may like this tale as well. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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