William the Bear – Open Book

Theme: Beanie Babies
Subtheme: William Shakespeare, Germany
Style Number: 04632
Colour: Brown
Swing Tag Generation: 7
Tush Tag Generation: 13
Birthday: 23 April 1564
Release Date: 16/07/2003
Release Year: 2003
Retirement Date: 27/03/2006
Animal: Bear
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William is a brown bear with black button eyes and a larger black nose. He has a yellow ribbon tied around his neck and an embroidered, open book on his chest.


From Stratford came the tales he told
Of love and Kings and stories bold
Around the Globe can still be heard
Much rapt applause at every word!

Collectors note

William was released on 16th July 2003.

His Birthday is on 23rd April 1564

He was retired on 27th March 2006.

William is named after William Shakespeare.

There are two versions of William. This version with an open book embroidered on his chest and a version with a closed book. The open book is exclusive to Germany and the closed book was exclusive to the UK.

William’s Birthday is on the same day as the traditionally observed Birthday of William Shakespeare (His actual birth date is unknown and is celebrated on St. George’s Day).

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