BEAR HUNT by Kathleen & Margaret Siewert--Adapt. Savage

BEAR HUNT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It takes some nerve to undertake a Bear Hunt after the Sivulich/Rounds version of 1973, and this inept entry would be a flop even without the competition. It begins, ""Do you want to go on a bear hunt?/ Okay, let's go./ Uh, oh, here's a bridge./ Can't go over it,/ Can't go under it,/ Got to go across it."" (But isn't going across the bridge also going over it? And why is a bridge [""Uh, oh""] a barrier?) In enusing pages Shortall's hunter, a teddy bear, comes to other breaks in the route to which the repeated ""Can't go over it,/ Can't go under it,"" and the prepositional solutions, are variously inappropriate: He goes through a river, through a swamp, up a tree, up a cliff, and into a cave--where he meets the real bear who sends him on a quick return trip that ends in the arms of the teddy bear's little girl. Gestures for ""your own bear hunt"" are appended, but our advice is go without it.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1976
Publisher: Prentice-Hall