The Stuffed Bear Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #90)
Gertrude Chandler Warner
When the Aldens visit friends in Vermont, they're in for a teddy treat--the annual Bear Jamboree, celebrating toy bears from all over the world! The Aldens soon encounter an unbearable mystery: a very rare and valuable bear has disappeared.
children and their grandfather made its way up into the mountains. As the car climbed higher and higher, the children in the car yawned and stretched. Six-year-old Benny Alden yawned twice to pop his ears. The car was so high up! The mountains must have grown while he’d been dozing. Now he was wide awake again. “Hey,” he said. “What are those cotton balls on the hills?” The other Alden children—Henry, Jessie, and Violet—laughed along with their grandfather, James Alden. Jessie, who was twelve,
Aldens how to sort the wool. The children soon figured out which wool to set aside for spinning and which wool would make good bear stuffing. “See this pile?” Peggy asked. “It’s for Mister B.” She patted a big clean puff of fleece. “We’ll wash it later to get out some of the oils. After it dries, we can plump up Mister B.” “Mister B. would like that,” Violet said. “Thank you for teaching us so much.” Benny looked up at Peggy. “Miss Sayer said kids shouldn’t help the sheep get sheared and that
“Hmmm,” Peggy said. “You may get a chance to do that tomorrow. I was hoping you would help me set up my Peggy Bear booth at the Town Hall. Have you any suspects yet?” Benny looked up at Peggy. “A few, but we’re not telling until we catch them.” Peggy sighed. “I see. It would certainly put Doc’s mind at rest to find that Herr Bear soon. This mystery has him so upset.” “Don’t worry,” Benny said. “We like solving mysteries.” Peggy brushed all the wool fuzz from her coveralls and jacket. “Then
objects.” The children decided to take a short break to visit the sheep in the main part of the barn. Soon they were surrounded by the Firmans’ flock with their new short hairdos. “They like to cuddle with us because we’re warm,” Jessie said as one sheep after another nudged her and the other children with their noses. “They all want to be stroked and petted.” “Okay, guys, that’s enough,” Henry told the nuzzling sheep. “We have to get back to work. Stop crying now.” But the sheep didn’t stop
have a lot of questions,” Henry said after they left Peggy. “Why would somebody like Professor Tweedy, with no interest in bears, go to Doc’s toy hospital? And why would he ask us all about Mister B.?” “Or lie about reading a magazine? I really think that magazine was about toys, not history,” Jessie added. “Let’s make sure to keep an eye on Professor Tweedy as well as Miss Sayer.” “Mister B. can only keep one eye on them,” Benny reminded everyone. “That’s ’cause he’s only got one eye!”