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Big Bear Ball

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Deep in the forest, under a full moon and starry sky, bears sway and stomp to the big bear beat. Wake the moles and rouse the foxes! Even a boisterous gator goes for a spin. Who can resist joining in the jump-jiving, splish-splashing midnight fun?

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Overview

Welcome friends,
welcome all,
welcome to the
Big Bear Ball!

Deep in the forest, under a full moon and starry sky, bears sway and stomp to the big bear beat. Wake the moles and rouse the foxes! Even a boisterous gator goes for a spin. Who can resist joining in the jump-jiving, splish-splashing midnight fun?

Joanne Ryder's toe-tapping verse and Steven Kellogg's jubilant illustrations will set feet moving, fingers snapping, arms swinging, and bodies jumping. Don't waste a second — leave your two left feet at the shore and come dance until the break of day!

The moon is full and all the bears are gathered together for a ball under the stars.

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Publishers Weekly
As Ryder's (Each Living Thing) rollicking rhythm makes clear, it's hoe-down time in the forest, and troupes of gussied-up bears arrive by hot-air balloon to cavort and caper by the light of the full moon. The bears believe everyone needs to boogie on the forest floor and atop the tree trunks: Now thump those stumps and wake the moles, proclaims the fiddling bear who serves as both the dance caller and narrator. Let's rouse the foxes from their holes. The poor foxes wave a flag of surrender, and moles are clearly not amused (Kindly do not disturb, reads a sign on the door), but on the next spread they, too, are cutting a rug. A few pages later, a huge gator also joins in, transforming the festivities into a pool party. With the blue hues of moonlight predominating, Kellogg covers every inch of the spreads with layers of translucent watercolor. He captures the bears' amiable plumpness and the unfettered high spirits of all the partygoers. Ryder's square-dance cadences will reward listeners of any age willing to assume a jaunty country-western twang. Ages 3-6. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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A joyous romp from jacket/cover and front end-papers to back! Simple, brief, foot-stompin' rhymes celebrate the arrival by balloon of all sorts of bears from who knows where. They slap paws, pop jaws, scratch the sky, splash in the water down the hill until daybreak, when it's time to say good-bye until the next ball, and to sail away up into the sky. Kellogg's double-page visuals retain his usual rollicking enthusiasm with his character-rich anthropomorphic animals, in lushly packed settings with integrated text. His pages are charged with energy, which slowly evaporates as we progress from the setting sun on the first end-papers and title page, and the full moon as the text begins, to the rising sun and the drifting balloons at the end. 2002, HarperCollins Publishers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This team has outdone itself. There is something to delight the eye on every page of this ball of fun. The story starts out with a beautiful moonlit picnic, guests arriving in boldly colored hot-air balloons, and turns into a rip-roaring blast of a party. Brown bears, polar bears, baby bears, and pandas are feasting on huge berries as they start to dance. The pages burst with vibrant reds and oranges for sunsets and every color in the rainbow appears in the animals' dresses, pants and shirts, ties, hats, and vests-from polka dots to stripes. Horns and fiddles wake up foxes and moles, and then frogs with banjos and gators, too. The rhythmic rhyme, in large type, is strategically placed so as to keep children's attention on the exuberant and fun-loving action that continues to build, and peaks with the "splish-splash song" when everybody-gators, frogs, moles, and the bears-are in the water dancing. Just before sunrise everyone slowly dances off as the balloons float away until the next full moon and "Big Bear Ball." An absolute must for every library.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Outlandishly dressed bears of all shapes and sizes romp and stomp at their monthly ball in this rollicking pairing of simple rhyming text and lusciously detailed, energetic illustrations. The party begins in the moonlit forest as bears arrive in helium balloons, munch berries, play fiddles and trumpets, and dance wildly. Even a shy bear is coaxed into participating. They stomp to waken moles, dance arm-in-arm down to the stream, logroll, and wrestle a crocodile, all with beatific grins and wild looks on their faces. Moles, frogs, the croc, and some foxes join in the fracas in a hilarious spread portraying the animals bowing to their partners in a beastly square dance as the fiddler bear plays a good-night tune. Then the bears float off in their balloons into a vivid sunrise, already looking forward to next month's full moon. The large typeface and brilliant colors encourage group sharing-and stomping. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060279561
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Ryder has always loved pandas, starting with the very first small panda toy she had as a child. She has continued to be fascinatd by these rare and wonderful animals throughout her career as a writer. She is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo; Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo; My Mother's Voice; My Father's Hands; Big Bear Ball; and Wild Birds. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband, Laurence Yep, who is also an author.

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr. Kellogg is a recipient of the David McCord Citation and the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with his wife, Helen, in upstate New York.

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