BOM! went the bear on the big bass drum
Ting-ting-a-ting-ting-a Strum strum strum.
Giraffes hit the high notes, turtles sing low
Clarinet quick-quick, saxophone slow.
Bear loves to play his big bass drum. He marches along happy to be making music – and noise. Other animals soon join in, loving the music. But Bear isn’t so sure that there are room for all these other animal musicians in his band, especially when they start telling him to look out!
BOM! Went the Bear is a wonderful celebration of music, and noise, and silliness, with the pages full of bright, humorous animals singing and dancing and having fun. The text is perfect for reading aloud and simple enough for youngsters to join in. With repeated readings they will quickly learn the whole story. Illustrations are bright mixed media,with collage touches , particularly for the instruments, adding an element for children to explore, and even replicate with their own art and craft projects.
BOM! Went the Bear is perfect for the very young and for the early childhood classroom.
BOM! Went the Bear, by Nicki Greenberg
Allen & Unwin, 2011
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