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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Bear's Day Outby Michael Rosen, Adrian Reynolds
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
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.
- Bloomsbury USA
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First Edition
- 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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