Author(s): Diana Noonan
'A long time ago,' began Dad, 'a bear met a little boy and, right away, it knew it loved him.' When Dad discovers a mysterious, dusty box in Gran's attic, and brings it home to Max, the scene is set for a poignant and intriguing family tale. What could be inside the box, and why is it so important that Max hear Dad's story before he's allowed to open it? As Max listens, it becomes apparent that the box contains a special treasure, one that only Max can breathe life into. The Teddy Bear's Promise, an endearing picture book by award-winning author, Diana Noonan, and New Zealand's best-loved illustrator, Robyn Belton, encapsulates the essence of growing up, and the warmth of enduring love. Children, parents and grandparents alike will all appreciate the rich and timeless themes in this poignant story of a little boy, a teddy bear and the love which binds families together.
Short-listed for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Russell Clark Medal for Illustration 2014.
Diana Noonan is one of New Zealand's best-loved writers for children. Her books have been published in several languages and her work has been recognised nationally and internationally with numerous awards. She has won the prestigious NZ Children's Book Award on three occasions, and is best known for her 'teddy bear' books, which draw on the rich and timeless themes of family love. Robyn Belton is one of New Zealand's most accomplished illustrators of children's books. She studied at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts, and in 2006 won the prestigious Margaret Mahy Medal for children's literature. Robyn's best-known books include the Greedy Cat series, Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Craig Potton Publishing's best-selling Herbert, which has sold over 25,000 copies in New Zealand alone.