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Book Review – The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Iza Trapani converts the classic children’s song into book form with amazing results. She uses big splash panels to fill up the whole page with a big bear and bright colors. The titular bear journeys through all four seasons using his senses to explore the area near and over said mountain. The detailed yet fun art shows the bear’s expressions really well especially when encounters a porcupine and disturbs a nest of bees. Trapani shows us the bear’s sense of whimsy and fun during his adventures from hibernation using his sense of smell and touch, etc. The book includes the original song and music if you feel like getting out the piano and teaching your little one the song.

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