do you know who invented the first teddy bear, and how and when it got its name? in america, the teddy bear got its start with a cartoon drawn by clifford berryman. the cartoon showed president theodore roosevelt refusing to shoot a baby bear.
according to this story, the president had gone to mississippi to settle a disagreement over the state border with louisiana. his hosts, who knew that the president liked to hunt, decided to take him on a hunting trip.
however, several days went by, and the hunters, including the president, had no luck. one of the members of the group, who felt bad that the president had not had any success in hunting, decided to do something about it, he caught a baby bear and invited roosevelt to shoot it. to their suprise, roosevelt refused to kill the helpless cub, and the baby bear was set ******
to show what had happened, barryman, a cartoonist for the washington post, drew a cartoon of the incident and gave it the capion, "drawing the line". the cartoon played on the two meanings of "drawing the line": the first is the president actually deciding on a border between the two states; the second is his refusal to do something he belived to be wrong, that is, shooting a helpless animal.
the cartoon appeared in the washington post on november 16, 1902 and caused an immediare sensation. americans were impressed by the president's sensitivity. morris and rose michtom, who owned a shop in new york, decided to create a toy bear in honor of the president's actions. rose michtom made a stuffed bear, and morris michtom wrote to president roosevelt to ask for permission to call it "teddy's bear" in honor of the president. the president agreed, and so the teddy bear was invented. the michtoms placed it in the window of their store. instead of looking fierce and standing on four paws' the michtoms' bear looked sweet, like the bear in berryman's cartoon. the teddy bear was such a hit that the michtoms began prodacing them in large numbers.
the teddy bear craze spread rapidly throughout the united states and europe. in 1907, president roosevelt used it as mascot for the elections. society ladies carried their teddy bears everywhere, and children had their pictures taken with their favorive toy. more than 100 years later, the teddy bear remains one of the world's favorite toys.
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1. למה טדי בייר ניהיה פופולארי ?
2. למה הנשיא בא למיסיסיפי ?
3. 3 עובדות על הנשיא לפי הסיפור ?
4. מה אומר המשפט drawing a line ?