Bear's Day Out

Overview

Bear’s life by the sea was quiet and peaceful. But the sounds of the nearby city call to him, and he must go exploring. Buying the ticket and traveling on a train (chuffy chuff chuffy chuff, chuffy chuffity chuff) is all very exciting, but eventually, Bear just wants to go home. Luckily, four friends are there to show him the way.

Rosen’s spare lyrical text lends itself to board-book format, just right for reading aloud with the littlest members of the family. Like Bear, they’re...

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Overview

Bear’s life by the sea was quiet and peaceful. But the sounds of the nearby city call to him, and he must go exploring. Buying the ticket and traveling on a train (chuffy chuff chuffy chuff, chuffy chuffity chuff) is all very exciting, but eventually, Bear just wants to go home. Luckily, four friends are there to show him the way.

Rosen’s spare lyrical text lends itself to board-book format, just right for reading aloud with the littlest members of the family. Like Bear, they’re beginning to explore—but feel most comfortable snug at home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

As in his We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Rosen winningly invites audience participation, and yet the beguiling watercolors share at least equal credit for this book's charm. The story concerns a soulful bear who lives alone in a cave until he decides to venture to the city. Reynolds (Harry and the Dinosaurs) depicts the bear as a lovable oversize teddy with an extraordinarily expressive face, while the illustrator's cityscapes are as chock-full of movement, color and people as the puzzled bear can handle. As with the familiar camp tale about the lion hunt, Rosen's repeated audience responses can be infectious ("Past the cars./ Whooshy whoosh/ Whooshy whoosh/ Whooshy whooshy whoosh/ On the train./ Chuffy chuff./ Chuffy chuff./ Chuffy chuffity chuff"). However, because every line of the bear's narrative is followed by a response ("I ran to the park./ To the park?/ To the park!/ I sat on a swing./ On a swing?/ On a swing!"), the format occasionally constrains the movement of the story. Reynolds varies the layout with close-ups and pages split into panels, and the bright primary colors contrast with dramatic illustrations of silhouetted children and bear crossing a bridge or dancing joyfully in the cool light of the moon. Readers (or viewer/listeners) will be hooked. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A worthy successor to We're Going on a Bearhunt (1989), this rhythmic chant follows bear from his cave-"All alone? / All alone"-to the waves on the shore "By the sea? / By the sea!" Lured by sounds from the city, bear hops on a train: "Chuffy chuff / Chuffy chuff / Chuffy chuffity chuff." Overwhelmed by rushing cars and people and hucksters in the market, bear flees to a park, "Down the street? / Down the street!" Some kind children rescue him and accompany him home, reversing the trip and chants. "Follow us! / Follow us!" Home again, on the shore in the moonlight, the children and the bear play "in the waves. / Splishy splash / Splishy splash" before falling asleep cozily in the cave, "Doo bee doodily doo." Reynolds's colorful illustrations are large and luscious, with the atmospheric and idyllic shore scenes at beginning and end providing a contrast to the busier perspectives and crowded scenes in the town and on the train. Pure delight. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900070
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,486,800
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.85 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rosen's classic picture book We’re Going on a Bearhunt is a bestselling favorite. Michael is the UK Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children’s literature. Michael lives in London, England.

Adrian Reynolds worked in a children’s bookstore before he began writing and illustrating his own picture books. He is also the illustrator of Bear Flies High and lives in London, England.

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