The Band over the Hill

The Band over the Hill

by Shirley Isherwood, Reg Cartwright

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3Mr. Manders, a portly bear, and his nephew, Edward James, introduced in Something New for a Bear to Do (Hutchinson, 1996), reappear in this delightful British import. Upon hearing a marching band, the bears dash to the attic, unearth an ancestor's old band uniforms, grab their instruments, and begin a trek over the countryside in search of the musicians. Edward James has some distress about his incorrectly fastened buttons, but Mr. Manders is too excited to notice. Caught by a sudden shower, the two take refuge in the woods, and soon both are napping. Some mice who have been following in the bears' wake scurry out from the undergrowth and properly rebutton Edward James's jacket. Finally, giving up on finding the others, uncle and nephew decide to play for the mice and they march down the hill only to find that they are out in front and the band is following their lead. After returning home, the bears marvel at how, in the end, things usually turn out right. The pair look resplendent in their bright red, gold-trimmed outfits. The text's subtlety is reinforced by thoughtful details in the illustrations: the mice gazing at their reflections in Mr. Manders's shiny boots, the tops of the marching band's hats just visible behind a bush, and, finally, the sleeve of a repacked uniform trailing from the chest marked with their ancestor's initials, a reminder of the glories of the day.Peggy Morgan, The Library Network, Southgate, MI

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Random House UK
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Product dimensions:
8.12(w) x 10.19(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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