Friday, March 16, 2012

Book review: The Bear Went Over the Mountain

My kids have a darling new addition to their home library- The Bear Went Over the Mountain (Skyhorse Publishing). Here's a bit about this book, from the press release that I received:

A bear goes over the mountain to see what he can see, hear what he can hear, smell what he can smell, touch what he can touch, and taste what he can taste; what a busy bear! When he sets out on a sunny morning in spring he uses all five of his senses to explore the world around him. He smells a skunk (yuck!) and sweet honeysuckle vines (yum!). He sees dragonflies and fuzzy ducklings, he hears crickets chirping, he touches a soft flower blossom, and more! When the chill of autumn comes creeping up over the mountain, he goes back to his cave for a snuggly sleep.
As far as I'm concerned, the only thing that I dislike about this book is that I have had the song "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" stuck in my head for days now :)  The Bear Went Over the Mountain (told and illustrated by Iza Trapani) is beautifully illustrated, with a fun rhyming text (or sing-along song!).  When I first started singing the book to the kids, they just kept staring at me in confusion. That's not how Mommy usually reads books! They quickly caught on to the fun and we've been having a great time reading and/or singing ever since.

I like that this book explores nature, discusses the four seasons and talks about experiencing things with all your different senses.  This book will be available in April of this year and I highly recommend looking for it then!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.