Seasons and senses and bears, oh my!
In a refreshing spin on an old sing-along favorite, Trapani’s bear doesn’t go over the mountain just to see what he can see, but to hear, touch, smell and taste as well. His sensory adventures are humorously cut short when he sees a mama duck nipping and chasing him away, hears a snake hissing in his ear, smells a skunk spraying, feels a porcupine’s quills and has his taste of sweet honey interrupted by a swarm of buzzing bees. Verse by verse, the song’s text introduces the five senses while art depicts the (mis)adventures and also provides a visual representation of the progression of the seasons. By book’s end, winter has arrived, and Bear retreats over the mountain again to his den, leaving readers with the satisfying ending: “And now the bear is snoring, / Snugly in his den.” In case readers are unaware of the tune to the song, backmatter provides the score and verses all on a single page. Throughout, the colorful paintings of the subtly anthropomorphized bear frolicking in his woodland mountain habitat will engage young readers and singers.
A fine addition to the storytime shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)