The Teddy Bears' Picnic

The Teddy Bears' Picnic

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by Jimmy Kennedy, Alexandra Day
     
 

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A favorite childhood song brought to life by one of America's favorite illustrators, now in a sturdy board-book edition.

If you go down in the woods today

You're sure of a big surprise.

If you go down in the woods today

You'd better go in disguise;

For ev'ry Bear that ever there was

Will gather there

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Overview

A favorite childhood song brought to life by one of America's favorite illustrators, now in a sturdy board-book edition.

If you go down in the woods today

You're sure of a big surprise.

If you go down in the woods today

You'd better go in disguise;

For ev'ry Bear that ever there was

Will gather there for certain, because

Today's the day the Teddy Bears

Have their picnic.

"The Teddy Bears' Picnic" has been sung and loved by English-speaking children throughout the world ever since it was written. The intrigue conjured up by the teddy bears picnicking independently of their owners continues to capture the imaginations of children everywhere.

Michael Hague's illustrations are simultaneously panoramic and detailed. Against the backdrop of country landscapes, lovable teddies of all shapes and descriptions picnic and play.

Jimmy Kennedy wrote more than one thousand popular songs. He served as the president of the British Academy of Songwriters, won two Ivor Novello awards, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire. He died in 1984.

Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Wind in the Willows. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Kathleen.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ``mummies and daddies'' who take home the teddy bears at the end of the picnic day are, of course, the boys and girls who own them. They've been hidding in the forest, waiting for the little stuffed bears to wear themselves out. Anyone familiar with the song on which this book is based undoubtedly has pictures of the frolic in mind; Theobalds's charming illustrations complement these ideas, with antique and classic bears in a lush forest setting, playing games and partaking of food and drink carted there in baskets and sacks. A feast of watercolors. Ages 3-7. (August)
Publishers Weekly
A boy joins the bears for a magical forest feast in the board book edition of The Teddy Bears' Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy, illus. by Michael Hague. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- No surprises here. The ursine stars of this popular nonsense ditty provide plenty of opportunity for Hague to draw his favorite subjects. In a fairly literal interpretation of the lyrics, he shows lots of teddy bears, in various shapes, sizes, and degrees of cuteness, heading into an autumnal wood to cavort well beyond the watchful eyes of their human owners. Children will not fail to miss the one curious child who follows his own teddy to the picnic site, since he is the one creature whose pale visage and upright posture are distinctly human despite his fuzzy bear costume. ?- Combining realism with romanticism, Hague remains true to his highly recognizable style, creating an appealing fantasy world full of curious details such as lithesome fairies and other fey creatures rendered in pen-and-ink line drawings washed in warm earth tones and livened by touches of soft reds and blues. The arhythmic, and at times, nonrhyming verse, captioned in unobtrusive black-bordered boxes and set against the full double-page illustrations, might read awkwardly to those unfamiliar with the tune. Unfortunately, no musical notation is provided. --Dorothy Houlihan, formerly at White Plains Pub . Lib . , NY
From the Publisher
"Hague has turned his considerable talents to the whimsical song written by Kennedy more than 40 years ago. The result, with its lavish, full-spread illustrations and large trim size, is almost a coffee-table book for children." —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671755898
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/15/1991
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
89,221
Product dimensions:
10.59(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jimmy Kennedy (1902–1984) was an Irish songwriter. He was best known for his work putting words to existing music such as “My Prayer” and “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.” In 1997 he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

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