Friday, March 2, 2012


In celebration of Read Across America Day, we are excited to share the trailer for Iza Trapani's new picture book THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN!  Author-illustrator Trapani has taken the much-loved children's song "The Bear Went over the Mountain" and expanded it into the story of a curious bear and what he sees, hears, touches, smells, and tastes on his explorations away from home.

An early review from Kirkus highly praised the book, which is due to publish this April!  Read an excerpt of the review below:
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.  Throughout, the colorful paintings...will engage young readers and singers.  A fine addition to the storytime shelf.

Sky Pony Press, April 2012

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