Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on
 

Picture this: 'Much Loved' teddy bears

October 23, 2013 -- Updated 1832 GMT (0232 HKT)
"Much Loved" by Mark Nixon features photographs of some "loved to bits" teddy bears.<!-- -->
</br>At left, <strong>Peter Rabbit --</strong><!-- -->
</br>Age: 10.<!-- -->
</br>Height: 16 inches.<!-- -->
</br>Belongs to Calum Nixon. "Much Loved" by Mark Nixon features photographs of some "loved to bits" teddy bears.
At left, Peter Rabbit --
Age: 10.
Height: 16 inches.
Belongs to Calum Nixon.
HIDE CAPTION
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
'Loved to bits' teddies
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mark Nixon's photos were inspired by his son's attachment to a stuffed animal
  • Nixon says the stories of the bears are just as integral as the photos
  • The book of photos will be released on October 29

(CNN) -- This is the tale of Peter Rabbit, but not the classic version that Beatrix Potter created.

Instead, this particular Peter Rabbit is one of 65 tattered, matted but, most importantly, cherished stuffed toys and teddy bears that photographer Mark Nixon features in "Much Loved" (Abrams Image), a book that comes out October 29.

Nixon said the inspiration for the photo series came from his son, Calum, who was very attached to the plush rabbit since birth.

Stay in touch!
Don't miss out on the conversation we're having at CNN Living. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest stories and tell us what's influencing your life.

When the Dublin, Ireland-based photographer put out the initial inquiry for "loved to bits" teddies, he said he expected most of the submissions to come from children, but adults soon wanted to take part as well.

"It was as though they had been keeping a long-held secret and could finally tell someone what their teddies really meant to them," he writes in the book's foreword.

While many of the bears are eerily dismembered, Nixon said that wornness is the ultimate indication of a teddy "much loved."

What was your beloved childhood toy? Tell us in the comments, or share it with us on Twitter @CNNLiving, with the hashtag #CNNparents!

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
July 10, 2014 -- Updated 1814 GMT (0214 HKT)
The death of a Georgia toddler in a hot car raises the question: should government or automakers get involved to prevent accidental deaths from heatstroke inside a car?
July 8, 2014 -- Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT)
It's not just the 'baby blues.' Postpartum depression affects about 15% of new mothers. Here's what one 'warrior woman' is doing to fight it.
Post your personal essays and original photos, and tell us how it really is.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 1417 GMT (2217 HKT)
What does it mean to run "like a girl"? A new viral video points out that the answer changes depending on whom you ask.
July 1, 2014 -- Updated 2122 GMT (0522 HKT)
CNN reporter Moni Basu lived in the U.S. nearly 30 years before becoming a citizen. Here's what it meant to pledge her allegiance.
July 1, 2014 -- Updated 2107 GMT (0507 HKT)
Her daughter was cut from the team. Her son didn't get into that coveted honors class. It was hard but also helpful. Here's how one mom learned to find lessons in failure.
June 30, 2014 -- Updated 2233 GMT (0633 HKT)
Your be-all, end-all, modern authority on awkward interactions, stressful situations, and elbows on the table.
June 30, 2014 -- Updated 1556 GMT (2356 HKT)
The presence of transgender and gender nonconforming youth at NYC Pride March is latest effort to increase visibility of the transgender community.
June 26, 2014 -- Updated 2227 GMT (0627 HKT)
A new ad by the hair care company Pantene asks why women are always apologizing and raises the question of whether women say "sorry" more often than men.
June 26, 2014 -- Updated 0048 GMT (0848 HKT)
The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new guidelines this week urging doctors to tell parents to read to their infants and toddlers.
June 28, 2014 -- Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)
David Martinez grew up thinking he was just an average American kid. When he learned he was undocumented immigrant, it made him re-examine his beliefs about Mexican identity.
June 23, 2014 -- Updated 1747 GMT (0147 HKT)
A new survey says that working fathers, like working mothers, find it hard to balance work and family.
June 20, 2014 -- Updated 1029 GMT (1829 HKT)
Jenny Mollen has no issue tweeting her breastfeeding. The new author talks motherhood and having a (more) famous husband
June 19, 2014 -- Updated 2120 GMT (0520 HKT)
Experts say "mean girl" behavior begins as young as elementary school. Here's how to prevent raising a mean girl.
June 13, 2014 -- Updated 2240 GMT (0640 HKT)
While dads today don't get the same respect and attention as moms, and are often depicted as clueless, they've come a long way, baby.
June 18, 2014 -- Updated 1850 GMT (0250 HKT)
North West, the 1-year-old daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is already a social media darling due to her mom's active presence on Instagram. Now the child's new look is sparking some controversy online.
June 18, 2014 -- Updated 2048 GMT (0448 HKT)
In this celebrity mecca, where the issue usually is "Who's your daddy," actor Jason Patric is engaged in a court fight that raises an even thornier question: What is a daddy?
June 20, 2014 -- Updated 2033 GMT (0433 HKT)
If you weren't part of the "cool club" in middle school, you may have an extra spring in your step after hearing about a new study, which could be titled "Revenge of the Nerds."
June 11, 2014 -- Updated 2326 GMT (0726 HKT)
Founders of "Black Women Do Breastfeed" say the message behind the image of a breastfeeding graduate has gotten lost in social media chatter.
June 11, 2014 -- Updated 1605 GMT (0005 HKT)
After another mass tragedy, parents are deciding how and what to tell their kids.
June 10, 2014 -- Updated 1112 GMT (1912 HKT)
Matt Logelin's wife died in 2008, hours after giving birth. Just as he became a dad, he also became a single dad -- with all its triumphs and trials. "Every day is Father's Day," he says.
June 5, 2014 -- Updated 1258 GMT (2058 HKT)
Nearly half of U.S. women of childbearing age don't have children. And yet this demographic remains misunderstood, poorly portrayed in the media.
June 5, 2014 -- Updated 2155 GMT (0555 HKT)
How can we be sure our children can truly separate reality from fantasy? What are the warning signs that children are confusing the two?
June 6, 2014 -- Updated 1558 GMT (2358 HKT)
Kids love them, but parents aren't so sure about bounce houses. Here's how industry experts say parents can keep kids safe while still having fun.
cnn, parents, parenting, logo
Get the latest kid-related buzz, confessions from imperfect parents and the download on the digital life of families here at CNN Parents.
ADVERTISEMENT