The Teddy Bears' Picnic

Jimmy Kennedy; Illustrated by Michael Hague

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

A favorite childhood song brought to life by one of America's favorite illustrators, now in a sturdy board-book edition.

"If you go down in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise;
For ev'ry Bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the Teddy Bears
Have their picnic."

"The Teddy Bears' Picnic" has been sung and loved by English-speaking children throughout the world ever since it was written. The intrigue conjured up by the teddy bears picnicking independently of their owners continues to capture the imaginations of children everywhere.

Michael Hague's illustrations are simultaneously panoramic and detailed. Against the backdrop of country landscapes, lovable teddies of all shapes and descriptions picnic and play.


Praise for The Teddy Bears' Picnic

"Hague has turned his considerable talents to the whimsical song written by Kennedy more than 40 years ago. The result, with its lavish, full-spread illustrations and large trim size, is almost a coffee-table book for children." --Publishers Weekly

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  • Jimmy Kennedy; Illustrated by Michael Hague

  • Jimmy Kennedy wrote more than one thousand popular songs. He served as the president of the British Academy of Songwriters, won two Ivor Novello awards, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire. He died in 1984.

    Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Wind in the Willows. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Kathleen.


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The Teddy Bears' Picnic

Jimmy Kennedy; Illustrated by Michael Hague