Beyond the Book: Background information when reading Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge

by Karen Hesse

Brooklyn Bridge
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    Sep 2008, 240 pages
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    Sep 2008, 240 pages

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Teddy Bears, Luna Park, and Helping Homeless Children

The Invention of the Teddy Bear

You can learn about the invention of the American Teddy Bear (Richard Steiff invented a soft toy bear in Germany independently in the same year.) and see Clifford Berryman's political cartoon that inspired it by visiting the Teddy Bears and Friends Website.


Luna Park

Spectacular and dreamlike, Luna Park illuminates Brooklyn Bridge. The History of Amusement Parks website contains fantastic pictures of the rides, especially the ride to the moon described in the novel, the promenades, the lights, the animals. A visit to this site is a must after reading this novel.


Donating Stuffed Toys to Homeless Children

No one reading Brooklyn Bridge can forget the abused, abandoned teddy bear-less children huddling under the Bridge. Project Night Night donates stuffed animals, blankets and children's books to homeless children. Project Night Night donates individual tote...

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