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National Teddy Bear Picnic Day

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Today is National Teddy Bear picnic day.

Nancy was invited to the downtown YWCA's Teddy Bear picnic.

Incase you are unclear of what the day represents, little Topher Post explained to Nancy what the day was all about.

"At a teddy bear picnic we all have teddy bears and we eat. We share. I like that we share in this family, but I bet you get more don't you?" said Topher.

The YWCA's 5-year-olds held their Teddy Bear picnic a day early so I could join them. They shared english muffins with grape jelly and orange juice with their teddy of choice.

Topher's bear was named Teddy Graham and he only eats teddy graham crackers, which turned out to be very fortunate for Topher.

In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt was hunting in Mississippi and refused to shoot a small bear. The Washington Post picked up the story and made a cartoon of it. Toy store owners Morris and Rose Michtom wrote to the President to ask permission to call their stuffed animals "Teddy Bears" and an icon was made.

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