The Bear Went Over the Mountain

We are huge readers in this house.

Children’s books, flyers, the back of the ketchup bottle.

We soak it in.

So when this arrived in the mail…

We immediately cracked it open and started reading.



Iza Trapani, the author of The Bear Went Over The Mountain, was born in Poland and moved to the US at the age of seven.  Her relatives gave her a large Mother Goose Treasury, and she began learning English through those rhymes.  Little did she know that someday her dream would come true and she would be adapting those rhymes into picture books.

The book is creatively written by Iza with the song “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” extended by her.

“I extended the song with new lyrics. When I chose this song, and started thinking about a plot, it dawned on me that I could incorporate the five senses. Thankfully they are all one syllable, so they match with the original rhyme. I was very excited! My original manuscript was about the bear spending a day in spring. My editor, however, made the suggestion of incorporating the four seasons, which would add more variation to the scenery and to the bear’s sensory experiences. I loved that idea, and rewrote the verses to show the bear in the course of a year- waking up in spring, seeing,  hearing, smelling, touching and tasting his way through the seasons and returning to his den in early winter for a snuggly sleep.”

My daughter loves this book and sings the song even when we aren’t reading. The pages are decorated with scenes of each season, examples of the five senses, and many different animal friends.

It’s a delight to read and share.

And? It’s available for purchase!

“The book was officially released on April 2nd by my publisher, Sky Pony Press  and can be purchased from them or any bookseller.

Iza is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator, with over twenty books to her credit.  Her popular series of nursery rhyme extensions, including The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Baa Baa Black Sheep are widely used in schools and libraries across the U.S. and abroad. The Bear Went Over the Mountain is her newest release.

  To learn more about Iza and her books please visit her website and her blog http;// . You can also follow her on Facebook, and on twitter @IzaTrapani
I was given a copy of this wonderful book to review for this post but was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.
But you never doubted that.



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40 Responses to The Bear Went Over the Mountain
  1. Iza Trapani
    April 9, 2012 | 5:38 am

    Thank you so much, Leighann. I love the last picture of your little girl’s hand over the bear!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:32 pm

      She sings the song in the car! She loves it.

  2. Alison@Mama Wants This
    April 9, 2012 | 5:50 am

    What a gorgeous book!! I need to get my hands on some of Iza’s books.

  3. Renee LaTulippe
    April 9, 2012 | 6:19 am

    I can’t wait to get this book! Iza is an all-around delight – her writing, her art, and her person – so I imagine that Bear is yet another treasure to collect. The only problem with her many books is choosing which one(s) to get — but we love bears in this house! Thanks for a wonderful review – love the pics!

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 6:44 pm

      Thank you, Renee for such kind words!

  4. Jordan
    April 9, 2012 | 9:13 am

    So cute Leighann, I need to get more books for our daughter, I will definitely check out her selection. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 6:45 pm

      Thank you, Jordan!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:31 pm

      We sing this book to her.. she loves it! I highly recommend the selection.

  5. katery
    April 9, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    it’s such a sweet story 🙂

  6. katery
    April 9, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    i totally have the song stuck in my head now!!

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 6:45 pm

      Thanks, Katery and sorry about that! 🙂

  7. Jessica
    April 9, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    This sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for sharing!

  8. imperfectmomma
    April 9, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. Ya know, this makes me think of the part in chitty chitty bang bang where the grandfather is reading the book to the kids? “And the bear came lolliping over the mountain.”

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 6:50 pm

      Thanks! I’ll have to check out Chitty Chitty Bang Bang again.

  9. Jessica
    April 9, 2012 | 6:17 pm

    Sounds like a fun book. My oldest loves reading but my youngest no so much yet.

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 6:53 pm

      Thanks Jessica! All in due time…

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:29 pm

      have you started home schooling yet?

      • Jessica
        April 16, 2012 | 10:07 am

        Not yet. This summer we will start.

  10. Julie
    April 9, 2012 | 8:19 pm

    Iza’s stuff is just grand!

  11. Natalie @MamaTrack
    April 9, 2012 | 9:58 pm

    What a lovely book. Thanks for sharing, Leighann!

  12. Stasha
    April 9, 2012 | 11:50 pm

    Isn’t Iza great?! My son was singing his version of shoo fly in the car the other day. I love the new book. Glad your little girl loves it too.

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 6:56 pm

      Thank you, dear Stasha! You always make me feel so good!

  13. Kimberly
    April 10, 2012 | 8:17 am

    I love finding new books for the Chunk man. It’s hard to find ones that both I like and he likes. There’s nothing worse than reading a book that you don’t like…looking at you “Berinstain Bears Go To The Dentist”

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 6:57 pm

      Hi Kimberly! No dentists in my book!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:29 pm

      We have Elmo goes to the Dentist.

  14. Sarcasm Goddess
    April 10, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    That sounds like a delightful book. Much better than when I recently read the Owl and the Pussycat to my friend’s two year old daughter. There was just something about saying, “pussy” over and over again to a child that skeeved me out.

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 7:08 pm

      Thanks! I know what you mean! That’s why I haven’t adapted the nursery rhyme, “Pussycat, Pussycat, where have you been?”

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:28 pm

      I am dying!!
      pet the pussy.
      look at the pussy.
      hairy little pussy.
      oh no… where is the pussy?

  15. liz
    April 10, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    I want to sing those pages to the tune of the song! Anything that is sing-songy, I read along to the music in my head. 🙂

    • Iza Trapani
      April 10, 2012 | 7:09 pm

      Thanks, Liz. Absolutely! The book is meant to be sung.

  16. Galit Breen
    April 11, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    I’m over the moon for children’s books and I loveLoveLOVe this review!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:13 pm

      It is seriously a wonderful book! I sing it to her!

    • Iza Trapani
      April 15, 2012 | 5:54 am

      Thank you Galit and Leighann. bear hugs to all of you!

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