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There's a Bear in the Window
by June Pitman-Hayes
published by Scholastic NZ
From singer-songwriter June Pitman-Hayes comes a story told in both English and te reo Mori that celebrates the great teddy bear hunt. The hunt entertained thousands of children in New Zealand during 2020's lockdown. The story flips the bear hunt around. Rather than us spotting them, what do they see?
Pitman-Hayes' songs are always relevant to New Zealand, and this book is no different. Piwakawaka and t flit through the story, and there's Pitman-Hayes favourite gumboots included too.
Illustrator Minky Stapleton's bright and colourful artworks add to the fun of the story. Stapleton always makes her illustrations inclusive and diverse, and this book is no different. Different cultures, religions and races are represented within the illustrations, as are multigenerational households. She also includes plenty of instantly recognisable flora, fauna, and settings.
Photographs of teddy bears in windows during the lockdown are also included at the end of the book, alongside a place to pop your own photograph.
There's A Bear In The Window takes a chaotic moment in our history and turns it into a catchy, fun song that will bring a smile to little reader's faces.