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A Perfect Day for It
     

A Perfect Day for It

by Jan Fearnley
 

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Come along with Bear and his friends for an avalanche of fun in this new story from internationally acclaimed picture book creator Jan Fearnley.

What's the perfect thing to do on a crisp winter day? Bear certainly seems to be up to something. But what ? His friends can't help being curious, so they secretly follow him up the snowy trail to the top of the

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Come along with Bear and his friends for an avalanche of fun in this new story from internationally acclaimed picture book creator Jan Fearnley.

What's the perfect thing to do on a crisp winter day? Bear certainly seems to be up to something. But what ? His friends can't help being curious, so they secretly follow him up the snowy trail to the top of the mountain. And when they get there, Bear gives them a BIG, slip-sliding, downhill surprise!

Come along with Bear and his friends for an avalanche of fun—and a foldout surprise—in this new story from internationally acclaimed picture book creator Jan Fearnley.

Author Biography: Jan Fearnley has written and illustrated many widely praised children’s books, including Mr. Wolf and the Three Bears and Mr. Wolf's Pancakes . She lives in London, England.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-On a crisp winter morning, Bear encounters Badger, who asks him where he is going. "Up the mountain," comes the reply, "Because it's a perfect day for it," and off he goes, "tramp tramp tramp." Badger decides that Bear must be "going to look for his secret stash of honeycomb" and follows along, "scritchity scratchity." Fox spots Bear and Badger and follows along, "paddypaw paddypaw." Next comes Squirrel, and then Mole. Bear reaches the summit, sits down, and declares to himself, "Perfect!" When his friends confront him with their different reasons for following him, he laughs, asks them to climb on his back, and reveals his secret: "-it really is a perfect, wonderful, truly magnificent day, and the best reason I know for climbing up the mountain is- so you can slide back down again!" And they do, landing at the bottom with a "FALUMP!" Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations showcase a winter wonderland with snow-covered mountains, pine trees, and colorful critters. With the exception of Bear, each of the animals wears some kind of winter clothing: a scarf, mittens, head coverings. The repetitive text and suspense are perfect for reading aloud, and the concluding foldout pages are another surprise.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Crystalline artwork graces this tale of expectations gone haywire. It is a crisp winter morning when Bear sniffs the air and tests the snowpack (why aren't you snoozing in your den, Bear?). Badger asks where Bear is off to. "Up the mountain," he replies. "Why?" Badger asks. "Because it's a perfect day for it," says Bear. Curious, Badger follows Bear, anticipating that "it" may well be uncovering a stash of honeycomb. Tramp, tramp, tramp, goes Bear; scritchity, scratchity, goes Badger; paddypaw, paddypaw, goes Fox as he joins the wayfarers, figuring they are going snowballing. Squirrel tiptoes behind-"I bet they're looking for treasure"-and Mole slippy slides last, sure the group is looking for some tasty worms. But at the top of the mountain, Bear simply takes a seat. What about the treasure and honeycomb and worms, they chorus. Bear says he had no such intent. Rather, he takes them on what proves to be an equally enjoyable experience, a long slide down the mountainside on his back. You don't always get what you expect, but surprise is half the fun of adventure, and a delightful surprise here is the fancy, cascading fold-out that tracks Bear and his friends as they shoosh down the slope. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405227018
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
09/04/2006

Meet the Author

JAN FEARNLEY has written and illustrated many widely praised children's books, including Mr. Wolf and the Three Bears and Mr. Wolf's Pancakes. She lives in London.

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