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Bear's Day Out

Bear's Day Out

by Michael Rosen, Adrian Reynolds
     
 

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Bear usually spends his days singing to himself and wading playfully through the water in his cave by the sea. But then, one day, he hears the noises of the city traveling on the wind, and he decides to give city life a try. At first, the sights and smells are new and exciting. But when the hustle and bustle of the people, the markets, and the traffic all become

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Bear usually spends his days singing to himself and wading playfully through the water in his cave by the sea. But then, one day, he hears the noises of the city traveling on the wind, and he decides to give city life a try. At first, the sights and smells are new and exciting. But when the hustle and bustle of the people, the markets, and the traffic all become too much for Bear, it will take a little bit of kindness from some helpful young strangers to get him back home again.

Bestselling author Michael Rosen's rhythmic text and Adrian Reynolds' adorable, lively illustrations make this a perfect read-aloud for story time.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599900070
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.85(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

MICHAEL ROSEN is a bestselling author of picture books and poetry, including Rover, Howler, and We're Going on a Bearhunt. He is the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature. Michael lives in London.

ADRIAN REYNOLDS first became interested in children's books while working in a children's bookstore. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Harry and the Dinosaurs series. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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