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Luci Hand

Luci Hand

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Updated: March 3, 2014 4:46PM



I love books that give kids a hands-on experience along with a good story. They draw kids in and make reading more fun. Old stories can get a new look that makes them magic all over again.

The classic “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” has just that in the 25th anniversary edition just out. This delight by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury adds seven inlaid jigsaw puzzles to the mix.

I love these, as you can take the book in the car, or more easily to a restaurant or other place where you must wait with kids and keep them busy.

Just in case you don’t remember the story, a young family sets off on a “bear hunt.”

We watch as they encounter water, mud, a snowstorm, and finally a cave. In this cave is a real live bear!

We watch as they go running back through all the things they encounter on the way, the bear hot on their trail. We end with the declaration that there will be no more bear hunts.

Appropriate sound words are added to each adventure making this a great vocabulary builder as well. Enjoy this winner.

When I was little, iodine was the common cure for scratches and scrapes. It burned!

My dad, wise as dads are, always painted an animal — either a kitten, a bunny or a duck — to make the burn easier to bear. I got so interested in what it was going to be that I forgot about the hurt.

In Sam McBratney’s “There, There,” Dad knows how to ease the pain, too.

Hansie wants to walk like a duck. We watch as Hansie’s dad helps when he scrapes his knee falling into a ditch. With a bandage and a hug and a “there, there,” Hansie is soon ready to play again.

Again, sand in his eyes and Dad to the rescue. Just blink them away along with a hug and a “there, there” and Hansie is soon fine. A bumped head gets the same treatment.

Then, later, Dad comes home limping. He has a thorn in his paw. After Mother takes the thorn out, Hansie knows just what to do.

He gives this father a great big hug and a “there, there, we’ll be all right now.” And they are.

It’s so hard when you are enthusiastic about something but no one else is impressed. In Greg Foley’s “Thank You Bear,” we watch as early one morning Bear finds a little box.

He thinks it’s great and knows that Mouse will love it. On his way to find Mouse, he meets Monkey who is not impressed with the box.

Nor is Owl. Nor is Fox. Even Elephant thinks the box is too small.

Squirrel wants the box for himself.

By now, Bear is not too sure about the box himself. Then he meets Mouse who examines the box carefully.

He thinks “It’s the greatest thing ever!”

We leave the friends curled up in the box together, Mouse saying “Thank you, Bear!”



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