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Janie with the “Awesome Five”Janie at BB&C book launch 11/7/2015

WCCO interviewed Janie briefly as she held her Book Launch Party at Buffalo Books & Coffee.
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WCCO came to Buffalo Boos & Coffee whiched a Book Launch Part for Janie’s The Purple Teddy Bear Book.

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Janie Tesch-Cassady launching first children’s book
Former Buffalo resident Janie Tesch-Cassady is publishing her first children’s book 63 years after it was first written.
A launch party is planned for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Buffalo Books & Coffee.
Tesch-Cassady just published her first children’s book in time for the holiday season. Her daughter, Heather Tesch, formerly of WCCO-TV and The Weather Channel, summarizes “The Purple Teddy Bear, A Christmas Story” as follows:
When a little boy asks Santa for a Teddy bear for Christmas, Santa’s elves have a big dilemma and aren’t sure what to do. They have already used up their supply of soft brown Teddy bear fabric. Today, Teddy bears come in all sorts of colors, but this story takes place years ago when all Teddy bears had brown fur. Could anybody ever love a purple Teddy bear? Can a purple bear learn to love and accept what makes him different? Ultimately, the story teaches us that we are all special, and it encourages us to appreciate what makes us unique. It’s a great lesson for kids, and a nice reminder for us grownups too!
Over 60 years ago, Tesch-Cassady wrote this children’s story for a class when she was unable to find one suitable for an assignment. The story caught the eye of her college professor, who encouraged her to publish it. The idea stuck, but it got side tracked as Janie got married right after college, taught school and raised five daughters.
“The Purple Teddy Bear,” though set aside, was never forgotten. Janie read it to her students when teaching and still reads it at schools. Her children and grandchildren grew up knowing the story and encouraged her to publish one day.
Last year, Janie decided the time was finally right and she put a lot of herself into refining the story for publication. Known by many for her artistic talents, especially watercolor painting, she also illustrated the book. Her daughters, who she dedicated the book to, believe “The Purple Teddy Bear” will become a holiday classic. Her grandchildren believe that as well, especially if it were available with a custom Teddy bear.
Over the years, Janie’s daughters could not resist buying their mom purple Teddy bears, and Janie has collected several. This is why her daughter, Mary Lee Tesch-Stevson, with her own daughter’s encouragement, set-out to design a custom purple Teddy bear. She did it so children could not only enjoy the book, but the huggable main character, Teddy, as well.
Janie taught first grade at a Buffalo elementary school for many years, and her daughter, Robin, continues that legacy today, teaching third grade at Northwinds Elementary School. Buffalo is where Janie raised her family, and while they have all spread out now, it is still the place Janie and her girls consider home. Therefore, it was only fitting to launch her book in Buffalo. Please join her and all five of her girls at Buffalo Books and Coffee on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. until noon. Janie will sign books, and answer questions.

The Purple Teddy Bear

Why I love this story by Heather Tesch

As a Child I often begged my mom to readThe Purple Teddy Bearto me – an adorable story she wrote. When my mom agreed, I would excitedly watch as she reached up in her closet.She would pull down a box containing slightly yellowed pieces of paper with the handwritten story and simple illustrations drawn in ink.I loved to hear her read from the worn pages. The story was mesmerizing – even without a fancy cover or colorful drawings.She dreamed of getting it published someday, but at the time was far too busy raising five little girls.

Now decades later my mother is in her 80s. Finally, after years of pestering and encouraging by my sisters and me, she has published this fantastic story.

The story is about a child’s Christmas wish and a very unique teddy bear. It teaches us to love and embrace the things that make each of us unique and special.

When a little boy asks Santa for a Teddy Bear for Christmas Santa’s elves have a big dilemma and aren’t sure what to do. They have already used up their supply of soft brown teddy bear fabric. The only way to fulfill the boy’s wish is to make a bear out of purple fabric.

You see, even though teddy bears come in all sorts of colors today, at one time all teddy bears were brown. No one had ever imagined a bear in any other color – and certainly not purple!

Could anybody ever love a purple teddy bear? Can a purple bear learn to love and accept what makes him different?

Ultimately the story teaches us that we are all special, and encourages us to appreciate what makes us unique. It’s a great lesson for kids, and a nice reminder for us grownups too!

Janie and her daughters Christmas 1967

Heather is Janie’s youngest daughter. She is a meteorologist, former TV personality and creative like her mother.