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.