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The World's Greatest Teddy Bear Hunt by Chris Sanders

During Covid-19 lockdowns around the globe, teddy bears became a symbol of comfort and joy to children and their families. Hours were spent walking - in bubbles - around neighbourhoods hunting out all sorts of teddy bears.

This book, aimed at preschoolers, takes readers on a journey around the neighbourhood to discover all the soft toys in their hiding places. As well as the hunt, little readers can learn some simple counting on too.

The book is also a song, featuring the . A QR code at the back of the book can be scanned so readers can listen to the song on their preferred digital platform.

It's a simple, catchy tune that will have little ones dancing and singing. The music aspect means children memorise the book fairly quickly, aiding with their ability to 'read' it themselves.

Illustrated by Natalie Conaty, the book is bright and fun with lots of colour and detail to keep little ones captivated.

As well as the book, a series of videos is being released to help nurture the next generation of songwriters and musicians. The videos will show how the song was created, bit by bit, inspiring older children to tell their stories.

The collaboration between author, illustrator and the orchestra celebrates the power of community spirit and family in a simple and sweet way.

Reviewed by: Rebekah Lyell

Angel Star Publishing House, RRP $22.95