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Last Christmas, my daughter received an anniversary hardback edition of this book 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen, and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. I have to admit, up until then, it was a story book that I had heard of but never read or had a chance to look at and I'm so glad that my daughter was given this book as we both love it, and every so often it is requested for days on end, and then left for a while and then the fascination starts all over. This story follows a father leading his children on a bear hunt. The illustrations are bright, life like and colourful. My daughter loves looking at what the dog and the little baby are doing in every picture. In some illustrations the female who is the tallest and I think meant to be an older child, sometimes seems more like the mother, but as far as I can tell this story follows a family, lead by the father in the 'fun' hunt for a bear. This bear hunt leads them through long grass, sticky mud, a snowstorm, water, a forest and eventually to a cave beside the sea. There is a lot of repitition in this book and my daughter loves to repeat the part of the story that is told again and again for example 'we can't go over it, we can't go under it, oh no we've got to go through it'. This relates to the various places the family travel through, for instance, they cannot go under or over the grass, they have got to go through it. Every time they go through a scene, there is an accompanying noise for children to join in with to resemble the actions and noises made as the family walk through the area. An example is when the family walk through the long grass, the accompanying sound is 'swishy swashy'. The final part of the hunt is at the beach when the family go into the 'dark' cave. My daughter enjoys watching the baby who very obviously does not want to go in. Inside the family come across 'two furry ears, two googly eyes, one wet shiny nose' which belongs to a bear, who then proceeds to chase them. The family go back through all the various scenes and places they had been through, with the bear following them, until they reach their house, where they all head upstairs as quickly as possibly, only to realise they have left the front door open. The family run downstairs and get the door closed in time before the bear gets into the house, and they then run upstairs and dive under the covers again and swear never to go on a bear hunt again. My daughter always has to look at the inside back cover of the book as it shows the bear heading back along the beach to his cave and she always say 'lonely' as the bear looks very lonely going back all alone to his cave and we always have the same discussion that the bear just wanted to be friends rather that scare them. When we first read the story, I think she was a little scared when the bear tried to get into the house, but when she saw it going back to its cave by itself she seemed to lose that fear. All in all, this is a lovely book to share, with natural rhythm and repetition, making a useful book for vocabulary building. As I said, this book comes out every so often and gets asked for continuously and then she has a little rest from it but it is always one that we both enjoy together and I would highly recommend it for any child's little library.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ We're Going on a Bear Hunt! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ We're Going on a Bear Hunt is on of my favourite children's books. It is written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. When I was younger I used to love this story and now I enjoy reading it with or too the children that I work with. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The Book ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The book itself comes in a variety of sizes, and in both hard back and paperback. The copy I currently have beside me is a small square, hard back copy, but somewhere in my house there is also a large book version which is great for reading to a large group of children as they can all see the pictures and the words. The copy I have cost £3.99. The story was first published in 1989 by Walker Books Ltd and the edition I have was published in 1992. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The Story ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The story follows the journey of Dad, big sister, little sister, little brother, baby and their dog as they go on a hunt for a bear. On their bear hunt they encounter many obstacles ranging from 'long wavy grass' to a 'swirling whirling snow storm'. They find that the only way to go on is to go through the obstacles. Eventually they get to a 'narrow gloomy cave' and as they tiptoe through it they find; 'One shiny wet nose! Two big furry ears! Two big goggly eyes!' IT'S A BEAR!!!! They then have to run back through all of the obstacles to get home, shut the door, get into bed and hide under the covers. The story ends with them saying ' We're not going on a bear hunt again'. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The Structure ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The structure of the book is what helps make it so appealing to children. Throughout the story, the words follow a regular pattern, so children soon pick up on it and can join in. For each obstacle that the family encounter, they start by saying the well know line; 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt, We're going to catch a big one, What a beautiful day! We're not scared. The acknowledgement of the obstacle is then phrased in the same way each time; 'Uh-uh! Grass! Long wavy grass We cant go over it We cant go under it Oh no! We've got to go through it!' The following page then shows them going through the obstacle and has a box with the sound effects to make. For example, when they are going through the grass the sounds written are 'Swishy swashy!' and then they are going through the mud it is 'squelch squerch'. One they have found the bear and run back through the obstacles the text is in strips so it can be read quickly to give the idea of rushing back. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The illustrations ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The illustrations done by Helen Oxenbury are very well done. On the pages where the family are encountering the obstacles the illustrations are in black and white and then as they are passing through the obstacles the illustrations are done in colour. It is a lovely book to look at with enough detail to keep children engaged and interested. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Evaluation ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The book is really enjoyable to read because you can really get into voice of the story and it is a story which is designed to be read in a very energetic way. Children love to join in and it is a good book to sit them all in a circle so they can join in with the words and the sound effects. I have found that children love the excitement of the rushing away from the bear and it is done in a humorous way so it isn't scary enough to give anyone nightmares. The book ends which a picture of the bear slouched and walking away. I once made the mistake of saying to a child 'aawww look, he only wanted to play'! the child promptly burst into floods of tears out of sympathy for the bear. All in all the story is a brilliant, energetic and funny classic which young children seem to love joining in with.
We bought this book for my son at quite a young age - around 12 months - but it is only really recently, at 2 years of age, that he has shown much interest in it. The book is about a family that go on a bear hunt (as you could probably deduce from the title!). They go out looking for a bear and come across various obstacles in their way - each time they 'can't go over it, can't go under it' and they 'have to go through it'. With each obstacle there is then a sound effect - for example the water goes splish splosh and when they go through the dark forest it is 'stumble trip'. Eventually, they go through a dark cave and come across a wet nose of a bear. They then turn round and run all the way home, back through all the obstacles with the associated sound effects. Our version of the book is hardback and quite small, making it difficult for me to look at with my son at bedtime. My son enjoys the story and the repletion of the text throughout the story but is much less interested in the illustrations - meaning that he wants to turn the pages very quickly, often too quickly for me to read the story completely. The illustrations are not very colourful and a lot are also in black and white. These really do not hold his interest at all. The sound effects are really what makes this book come alive for him. He loves to try and copy the noises as I make them and enjoys the different sounds we make. He particularly likes the part of the book where they rush home as all the sound effects follow one another in quick succession. It is quite a short story but it is engaging and I enjoy the fact that my son can join in with me with the sound effects, so it is very much a book that I feel we share together. It is a fun story too, if not particularly in depth and one that you can quickly memorise so it is even easier to share as you are not glued to the pages. For me, this book could only be improved with slightly more child friendly illustrations - certainly in more vibrant colours. Other than that, a fun story that my son will frequently request.
My eldest daughter was bought this book for her birthday last year by her Auntie, I had never heard of the book at the time but Sophie was very excited when she opened it as she said that they read the book as a group at school. The book is about A4 in size but sits in a landscape exposure rather than portrait, the book is written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and published by Walker books. The front cover has a white background and has the title written across the top with every letter being a different colour and as it's a long title it looks really good especially against the white. Pictured on the cover is four out of the five children from the family you will meet in the book and they are dancing across the cover like they are really happy and excited. The book is about the group of children who are going on a bear hunt and how they are not scared at all, on each page they come across a new obstacle such as long grass and a cold river. Each section of the story covers 2 double pages, on the first page you have the text "We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared." On the second page in each section the children come across their obstacle then you have "We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh no! We've got to go through it. On the last double page of each section you have sound effects to go with whatever they are wading though for example, "Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy" for them wading through the grass. Towards the end of the book the children some to a cave, it's very dark and inside they can see "One shiny wet nose! Two big furry ears! Two big goggly eyes!" and it is of course a bear. The children are scared and run all the way back home going backwards through all the obstacles they came across on their route to the cave. The children run all the way back to their house and hide in the bed with the last line of the story being "We're not going on a bear hunt again." Sophie really loves this book, she knows the order of all the sound effects we have read it that many times and I am not allowed to say the sound effects as she likes to do them. There is something really panicked about the end of the book in that it makes you read the text really fast as if you are racing back to the house with them, I have tried reading it slowly but you get faster and faster as they near their home. The pictures are nice and detailed enough so a child has got enough to look at and point out to you but they are not so crammed with detail that they get too busy. The text in the book is very repetitive making it easy to read and it flows really nicely, Sophie can pretty much read this whole book by herself now and she will often get the book out and sit reading it to her younger sister. This is a really great book, it has a £5.99 price tag and I think it is worth the price.
We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared. We're going on a bear hunt is one of our favourite books in our house. It is written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. It features a family of five, mum, dad and three kids and their dog and they turn a simple walk into a bear hunt. I love this and we now do this when we take our dog for a walk in the woods too. I like to say to my kids, "we're going on a bear hunt," as it makes the walk more exciting and fun for us. At the start of every section the paragraph at the top is written down, telling the reader exactly what they are doing. Along the way they encounter various obstacles that could stop them in their walk and bear hunt. For example they come across a, "deep cold river," and say, "We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh no! We've got to go through it!" They also encounter grass, thick oozy mud, and a big dark forest. What I like about the book is that it starts off as a really nice day but by the time they reach the end of the day they have to put up with a snowstorm but they still call it a beautiful day. The illustrations are really beautiful in this book. I have quite a big paperback version of this book so the pictures are wonderful and bold. ON one page you get a simple pencil drawing which I think creates a really nice calm atmosphere to go with the story and then on the other pages there are beautiful watercolours which brings the lovely countryside that they are traversing into focus. So, do they actually find a bear on this hunt of theirs? Well, you will just have to read the book to your little ones to find out but the ending is quite funny and makes my kids laugh so that's why we enjoy it so much. Our book is from Walker with an ISBN 978-0-7445-2323-2 and costs £5.99. Incidentally the book is the Winner of the Smarties Book prize and also highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
A firm favourite among children under the age of seven (and if i'm honest with older children and adults too). Michael Rosen's poetry and stories have captured children's imaginations for years and has helped a generation of children read for pleasure. If you have a child boy or girl who is between the ages of 0 and 7 and are what is called a 'reluctant reader' then this is definitely the book that will get your whole family reading, singing and even acting together. Reading is in the headlines a lot at the moment with Michael Gove pushing phonics and phonics testing as he thinks this is the way to get all children reading. I'm not saying that phonics isn't a good way of supporting children to decode words because that's exactly what phonics does it helps children decode but it does not instill a love of reading that only good books can and this is exactly what this book does. We're Going On A Bear Hunt is the type of book that can inspire children. The book is a rhyming book, with repetitive phrases that allows children to quickly join in even on the first read. Children will very quickly know the book off by heart and will be reading it with expression and acting it out anytime they are walking through a wooded area or splashing through a puddle. These are all skills needed to progress and improve as a reader. Don't stop after reading this book with your child, spend time making up your own versus for the text and sharing these together. We're Going on a Bear Hunt tells the story of a family looking for a bear and going through a range of scenes which cause difficulties. Then their reaction when they finally find a bear. If you are unsure of how to read this text and do it justice, you can youtube Michael Rosen reading (well more acting out) this text and I'm sure it will inspire you to read it again. This is one of many books every family MUST have in their collection for bedtime reading, if they want their child to become a confident reader. A lovely book that will be remembered by children through out their lives and I'm sure a book they will cherish and read to their own children.
Our little local library have begun to have a sale of some of their older or slightly damaged books. My children, who are three and one, adore their book collections. They love nothing more at the moment than to visit the library and search through the books on sale for suitable ones to buy. At just 10p each I always oblige. Earlier this week, we purchased eight books for a grand total of 80p and one of them, which has proven to be a favourite, was We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. The version of this book that we have is in paperback format and the language is in both English and in Urdu. Being only English speaking, this has no immediate benefit to us, but as this was the version on sale, my children promptly snapped it up. As well as being available in 17 dual language editions, we're Going on a Bear Hunt is also available in both paperback, hardcover and board book formats as well as versions which come with either a CD or a DVD. The basic paperback version, in English only is currently on sale on Amazon at just £3.49. The board book however is priced a little lower at £2.19. The paperback with a DVD is priced at £4.42 and with a CD is currently £3.50. The copy which we have, which has both English and Urdu is priced at £7.50, as is another which has Gujarati and English. It seems somewhat unreasonable that these should be priced far higher than those with CD's and DVD's. Maybe there are less of them made and a higher publication cost? We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic tale of a family who set out to find a bear. Along the way they encounter many obstacles such as long grass, a river, squelchy mud, a dense forest and eventually a cave where the bear is discovered. The family then race back home and vow to never go on another bear hunt. The format of the story is very repetitive which is beneficial to young readers who can predict what is coming next and join in with the words. Each page begins with "We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day. We're not scared!" We then encounter an obstacle and decide "Oh no! We've got to go through it!" The following page is then rather simply a picture of the family going through their obstacle and the sound each one makes. For instance as they venture through the tall grass the book reads "Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy!" The illustrations throughout the book, by Helen Oxenbury, are not particularly attractive. The front page is so plain that it does not stand out in any way and does not draw the reader in. This book was initially overlooked as the cover just did not stand out as a good and interesting children's book. The use of colour within is also very dull, in fact, there is only colour on every other page, the illustrations on the pages in between are simply black and white. The pictures are sketch-like and those that are in colour are watercolour paintings with rather muted colours. I personally feel that better illustrations would do such an endearing story far more justice. As mentioned previously, from the eight books that we chose yesterday, this particular one has been a favourite with both my son and my daughter. They seem to very much enjoy the repetition of the story and my eldest child, my three-year-old son, happily joins in with the words. We have also acted out our own bear hunt around the house, cue much hysterical giggling from both of them! Very few books can be played out in such a way as this one. Being available in so many formats, as well as in 17 dual languages is also a huge benefit which makes this book accessible to far more children. My eldest has not yet questioned the presence of the Urdu writing in this book. Though that is a subject that I can broach with him at some point as he already understands to some degree that there are different spoken languages. This story is in my opinion faultless. It is beautifully written and highly engaging. It is also interactive as the story can be played out without the book afterwards. The only slight drawback for me is the illustrative work, which in my opinion is somewhat of a letdown for the wonderful story within. ISBN-10: 1852697210 ISBN-13: 978-1852697211
I had never heard of this book until I attended a settling in session at my daughter's nursery and witnessed first hand how it seemed to enrapture a group of rowdy toddlers, who seemed enthralled with every word. Impressed by the children's response and the lovely language in the book, I snapped up a copy on my next shopping trip. The story follows a family who decide to go on a bear hunt, and is quite traditional in terms of its style, colour and illustrations. I was not convinced my two-year-old daughter would be an instant fan, as she favours brightly coloured books and touchy feely ones, but she loved it from the beginning, despite its simplicity. Starting out with the statement; "We're going on a bear hunt; we're going to catch a big one" the book then follows the family as they encounter a series of everyday obstacles on their big adventure through the countryside. The books flows really nicely, introduces some lovely words and easily lends itself to being read outloud in a dramatic fashion! As with many popular junior books there is a lot of repetition but it does not detract from the story. In fact, it enhances it and reinforces the phrases used throughout. There is a problem solving element as the group discover unruly grass first and quickly realise "We can't go over it, we can't go under it...uh oh we've got to go through it!" Later on they family have to decide how to tackle a river, mud, a forest, a snowstorm, and a cave, before finally uncovering the bear in question. At this point common sense kicks in and they all run back home as fast as they can with the angry bear hot on their heels! On the way back they of course need to retrace their footsteps, and so we are treated to the whole adventure again, but in reverse. This is great as it reinforces the words and phrases used like "stumble, trip"and "swishy swashy." In turn my daughter seems to enjoy the dramatics of this, and is already getting into the excitement and starting to say the words and know what's coming next. This really is a lovely book. It has a simple yet successful formula and is probably well-placed to appeal to two to five year olds. It was originally published in 1989 by Walker books and is written by Micheal Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
I bought this book after reading rave reviews for it everywhere. Part of me almost feels like I should rate this higher as everyone loves it, but in all honesty we just were not that impressed. The story revolves around a father who takes his three small children out to hunt for a bear. Mother is nowhere to be seen, but then mothers tend to frown on things like taking small children out with bears. As part of the hunt the family wade through a deep and cold river, stomp through mud and stumble through a dark forest. The weather changes from a lovely day to blizzard, but the family presses forward in search of their bear. The pictures are adequate, but nothing remarkable, and alternate between colour and black and white. The basic story line is pretty limited. It does have what I thought were some nice sound effects, and it does have plenty of repetition that helps children learn reading. While I thought this book was not great, but OK, my five year old has no interest at all in it. He said "They're pretty stupid - bears are big" which is where I got the title of this review, and his whole attitude toward the story is of contempt for fools. He does feel sorry for the baby - who has a very stupid Daddy. At the end of the story he remains most unsympathetic and replies the bear should have ate them, that's what they get for bothering bears. The two year old on the other hand will listen to this, but he is not overly fascinated and never chooses this story. We did however find another use for this which brings it up to 4 stars rather than a dismal 3. I found the book very useful in teaching what an adjective is, because the book uses adjectives to describe everything, "thick and oozy" big and dark".... I also think it is great fun for children to make their own versions of books. Once we got past my sons idea that anything scary he leaves alone, we had a great time making our own story loosely based on this. We wrote "We are going on a ghost hunt" and based it on Luigi's Mansion, but you could choose anything your child likes as the subject for an imaginary hunt. It might be dinosaurs, tigers or aliens, or anything else the child chooses. They next choose what terrain to cross - space, a swamp, a forest, etc.. and what obstacles to meet and so on. I really think making books like this with children helps them learn to read. My son can read all the words in his book easily already, and as I mentioned it is brilliant fun. Our Ghost Hunt story is currently the most requested at bedtime. So I would very strongly recommend this if you think you might use it as a starting point to let the children make their own books. I wouldn't buy it again just to read to children though, and bought as a story book would recommend it for perhaps age 2-4, certainly no older. Then again it might just be us and you might love the book.
We're going on a bear hunt was first published in 1989 by Walker books. It is written by Micheal Rosen and is illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. The story is about a dad and his young family as they decide to go on an adventure to find a bear! The story repeats text as it goes along, in fact the majority of the text is repetitive but the scenarios change as we go through the story. I think the fact that the text is so repetitive is what makes the story so popular though-children remember the story and can join in. They anticipate what is going to happen and feel involved. We begin the story with the familiar "We're going on a bear hunt; we're going to catch a big one" The first problem the family face is grass. The next section of repeated words comes in that "We can't go over it, we can't go under it...uhoh we've got to go through it". My son adores this as he knows what is coming, he knows he can join in the words and get them right. We used to read this at the nursery I worked at with all the children sat on the floor acting out the actions as we went along so for example when we were in the long grass we would wave our arms a little from side to side saying "swishy swashy". They used to really enjoy this and it is just a different way of involving children in the story. As we progress along the story the family come across a river, mud, a forest, a snowstorm, and a cave before finally discovering a bear and having to run away home through all the things they encountered whilst looking for the bear whilst the bear chases them! They finish the story by saying "We are NOT going on a bear hunt AGAIN!" I bought this story for my son's book collection when he was probably a year old. I am a firm believer in reading to your child and this was one of my favourites from when I was a nursery nurse. We have read it so many times and it never ceases to get old. You can also buy the book with a CD which is nice as your child can listen to it without you when they are younger too. This is definitely one of my top 10 children's books and I would recommend it to anyone. You can purchase it from Amazon for just a couple of pounds so it is well worth adding to your child's collection of books.
'We're going on a Bear Hunt' written by Michael Rosen is another one of my favourite books that as a little girl I insisted on it being read daily. Now I am a mother myself I want my little girl to enjoy books too and so am on a mission to get all of my old favourites for her. I found our copy of 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' on a carboot sale for just 20p! After my original copy got lost, or IS lost in my mums loft I was looking to buy another copy. 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' is a lovely story about a family who decide to go on a bear hunt one day, and have to cross many obstacles on their way. The book has many beautiful illustrations and is a wonderfully descriptive story that helps young childrens image the scene. The charm of the book in my opinion, is the wonderful rhythm and the adjectives used to describe the sounds of each obstacle for example the 'squelch, squerch' of the mud or the 'stumble trip' in the woods. I love the way Rosen has created a sense or urgency towards the end of the book when the bear that they find decides to chase them home. The part where they get home and forget to shut the door is my favourite but, 'back down the stairs - shut the door', it always makes me smile! I read this book to my little girl, who enjoys looking at the pictures and turning the pages. She seems to enjoy the rhythm of the words too. The story is just the right length that she does not get bored. I look forward to the day that she is able to read this book to me. A great read for any age, highly recommended.
"We're going on a bear hunt" by the popular children's author Michael Rosen is a must for your home book box, and I've found it particularly popular with pre-school/playgroup aged children, and those in reception year at school. First published in 1989, this young children's book tells the story of a family of five (presumably 'dad' and his four kids) plus the dog going for an adventurous walk , meeting a high grass meadow, river inlet, mud flats, forest, and particularly awful weather before arriving at the sea shore and exploring a cave they find there. The cave is home to a large bear and on 'dad's' instruction, he and the kids pelt back home pursued by the bear. It is fabulous for it's join in appeal, with repetitive text such a favourite with this age group, enabling them to appear as true readers. The text is quite large for sharing and following along. The format of the book is also quite large so young children can feel they are involved easily. Simple illustrations add to the enjoyment of the story, and help youngsters 'read' page by page predicting what's happening from the illustrations. A degree of suspense is built up throughout the story, as increasingly difficult challenges are encountered by the group, and comes to a head just as things have settled at the cave. This illustrated story book successfully holds interest time and time again. It may be gently frightening to youngsters first time round, but not so much as to stop children requesting the story be read to them again, and again. I think unlikely to be dated quickly - gosh 20 years since first published speaks for that. I also feel this is a book grandparents will enjoy sharing because they are able to easily relate to the challenges that often filled their young days (except the meetings with bears maybe).
My daughter received 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' for her third birthday in May and it's still her favourite bedtime read. With the beautiful illustrations and catchy, repetitive verse it will be a children's favourite for many years to come. The book centres on a family of five, looking for an adventure (and a bear!), across the countryside, and has wonderful illustrations which engage with the child's imagination. Each page has the illustration in water colour across a double page. Some pages are black and white and some are colour and the mixture is lovely. The story has a repetitive rhyming feel, which makes it easy for children to follow, and my daughter actually knows all the words. Each scene starts the same with: 'We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared.' The story then changes to suit whichever scenario they are trying to tackle, for example, long wavy grass or a deep cold river, and after they explain where they are it ends with: 'We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh no! We've got to got through it!' So the only thing that ever really changes is the place where they are, but there is a reason for this, as at the end of the book, they go backwards to get home and it's a great way to help children remember and join along. The Independent on Sunday described this book as 'A dramatic and comic masterpiece. Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic.' The book was also a winner of the Smarties Book Prize and was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. It is priced at £5.99 RRP, but can be picked up a lot cheaper through book clubs, Amazon or take advantage of the 3 for 2 offers on children's books in places like WHSmiths in the run up to Christmas. There is a 20th Anniversary edition of this book available, as well as a paperback with either a DVD or CD and the book is also available with a board game. See Walker Books website for further details.
Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury Winner of the smarties book prize Highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal My daughter received this book for her 2nd Christmas and I must admit I was delighted. At last a book that i could enjoy as much as my daughter! The story is very repetitive which is great as it becomes easy for children to remember the words themselves (so eventually they can read it to you instead!) and they can feel really involved in the story. "We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we're not scared!" This is a story about a family and their dog, who decided to search for a bear, they face all sorts of obstacles along the way, when they eventually find a bear I think they rather wish they hadn't gone on the bear hunt at all! The illustrations are really lovely, with some pages being illustrated in black and white whilst other are a lovely pastel colour. The book is just the right length and I guarantee, you or your child will not get bored whilst reading this! The book is just far too engaging and enjoyable for that to happen! You can buy this book from all major book stores, it is made by walker books and really is a must have for all children's book shelves. My daughter received the hardback edition of this which is really quite big but great for sharing story time.
This is a popular story with young children mainly because of the repetitive style in which it is a written and the beautiful illustrations. The story follows a dad and his three children as they go out to hunt for a bear. On their way they encounter various obstacles that they have to go through whilst on their hunt, with each environment getting worse and worse as the story progresses. These include long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thick oozy mud, a big dark forest, a swirling whirling snowstorm and a gloomy cave. Each time the family chooses to go through the obstacle and then eventually in the gloomy cave they do find a bear! However, they rush home to escape it, retracing their steps back through each of the obstacles until they reach the sanctuary of their home. They decide they are never going on a bear hunt again! However, it is the style in which the story is written that makes it so appealing. As there is lots of repetition it allows children to join in with the story as it can easily be chanted together. As the story is so repetitive and because the family retraces their route to get home, it allows children to predict what will happen next and get involved with the story. There is also great opportunity for children to make a variety of different sounds. The language includes alliteration and onomatopoeias as each terrain has a different noise. The long wavy grass makes a 'swishy swishy' noise and the thick oozy mud makes a 'squelch squelch' noise. There is also lots of directional and positional language throughout the story for young children to familiarize themselves with - e.g. 'over' and 'through.' The story can also be used to prompt children to talk about fear and things that they may be frightened of. There are lovely illustrations by Helen Oxenbury throughout, not only in colour, but in black and white also which adds to the feel of the story as they are very detailed and realistic. There are also various additional items which can be bought based around the story. I have seen a board game and a story map in use before as well as a DVD.