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Jan 12 2018

We're going on a bear hunt (Snowglobe Gift Book) by Michael Rosen

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Ill. by Helen Oxenbury. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406377736
(Age: 2-7) This is a special edition of the classic 1989 picture book, featuring a snow globe window in the front cover. The timeless picture book depicts a long journey and a quick retreat. It can be chanted, sang or read and is just as well known now as a standalone song. Part of its charm is that children of all ages love joining in with the sound effects ("swishy swashy!", "Squelch squerch!") and the catchy refrains.
It is a favourite of educators because it is enjoyed by children of all ages and provides opportunities for many follow-on activities. The last page, where the bear walks alone on the beach, also provides a great discussion point. This is an attractive new version of the book, but is probably suited to home libraries rather than public or schools due to the plastic snow globe insert in the cover. While it is fairly sturdy it does make the book more prone to damage.
Nicole Nelson

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