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We're Going on a Book Hunt (Storytime Picture Books) Library Binding – January 1, 2008
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PreSchool-Grade 2—Using the ever-popular action rhyme "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" as a model, Miller teaches young listeners how to be thoughtful library users. Arriving quietly, using shelf markers, page-turning and book handling, using the five-finger rule, and remembering to return the borrowed book are all clearly explained through the rhyming story of a class of bear cubs becoming library users for the first time. Children will quickly pick up the story motions and learn the catchy refrain: "We're going on a book hunt./We're going to a find a good one./We know how./Not too easy,/Not too hard,/But just right." Westcott's illustrations are chock-full of humorous detail that children will enjoy poring over. The library's woodland setting abounds with a variety of animal characters, each of whom finds an appropriate book for its size and species. "Just right" sums ups this addition to library-etiquette titles perfectly.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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For library professionals, introducing procedures to wiggly kindergarteners doesn’t top the list of favorite activities. That may change with the help of this creative “Going on a Bear Hunt” adaptation by school librarian Miller, in which hand motions and onomatopoeia, such as the “beep boop beep” of the scanner, will help children take ownership of library-day routines. Topics, including how to behave and how to choose a book (“Can’t tell from outside. Have to look inside”), are reinforced with Westcott’s friendly watercolors of bear students visiting a woodland library. It’s awkward that elements of the text presume close adherence to specific ideas in Miller’s accompanying pamphlet. Even so, many librarians will find ways to adapt the text should they opt not to implement Miller’s suggestions (or should the pamphlet get misplaced). As for the intended audience, most novice children will need to come to this with an enthusiastic adult, who can discuss the concepts and demonstrate the actions—and then play referee as children clamor to be the first to take the book home. Preschool-Grade 2. --Jennifer Mattson
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