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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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Come along on a bear hunt in this award-winning classic from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.

Will you come too? For more than twenty-five years readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favorite. Join in the fun!
Paperback, 36 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 1989)
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Sep 19, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect mix of rhyme and repetition, with a good measure of suspense thrown in.
Even better is the ease with which this can be read and performed; you can walk around and have fun with it, and this is exactly what we need in my household. I used this book as part of my storytime assessment at TAFE. Throw on a hat and a pair of binoculars and we were off! It's a great book to engage with youngsters and hopefully start off with a life long learning of books. Reading is meant to be fun an
May 09, 2013 Kirk rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Masochists
Recommended to Kirk by: Masochists
A Scathing Review of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, aka "The Children's Guide to Passive Suicide"

Before we go any further, a little context:

There are plenty of children's books about self destructive impulses. In The Cat in the Hat, the children are seduced into destroying their entire house, which they know full well will result in mother's unbridled scorn. Franklin the Turtle is always doing stupid shit and then whining about it when he gets caught. I don'
Sep 17, 2014 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Tips on sharing this as a read-aloud with a group...

I begin my story times with this chant:
Hello everybody let’s clap our hands, clap our hands, clap our hands.
Hello everybody, let’s clap our hands, clap our hands today.
… (begin with clapping hands, slap knees, --as many actions as needed to create energy and get everyone together— end today with “fasten our seatbelts” & “start the engine” & “say, “Are we there yet?”.

• Begin by saying, “Do you know where we drove?” Open to the first d
Apr 24, 2016 Mariah rated it really liked it
To be completely honest I only knew this as a summer camp chant/song. I had no idea that it was a book! Very fun! My students will love this book. I loved this book, and I loved how at the end the bear is walking away sad.
Dale Harcombe
Mar 24, 2014 Dale Harcombe rated it liked it
I remembered this book from when my daughter was young. In fact my son quoted it back to me recently, so obviously it struck a chord in his memory too. This book is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. For a book to be around for 25 years it has to have a lot going for it. For this reader the attraction is the catchy rhyme and the repetition of we’re not scared as well as repetition of the other repeated phrases about not being able to go over it or under it but have to go through it.

Mehrin Ahmed
Aug 29, 2011 Mehrin Ahmed rated it really liked it
‘We're going on a bear hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We're not scared.’

A superb read-out-loud book about a family who decide to embark on a venture to find a bear. In the process they encounter and must go through many different surroundings like long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thick oozy mud and many more.

Michael Rosen skilfully repeats some phrases and the use of onomatopoeia as the family experience each surrounding (‘splash splosh’, ‘squelch squerch’). This no
Zaynab Modaykhan
I remember reading this book many times to children in Nursery during my Teaching Assistant days. I loved reading this book! Its about a family who go out in search of a bear and during their travels they encounter different dilemmas. They go through a storm, make their way through long grass, swim through a river and many other adventures. I like this book because it contains a lot of action words and the children would say the words out loud too and make the actions. So for example the part in ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
I remember this as a campfire skit. Captured oral traditions always disappoint me, as they never exactly match the story and wording you learnt - and so it is with We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Also the written word doesn't indicate the sing-song rhythm of the original, and doesn't provide an indication of all the relevant movements. These elements were always critical to the success of the skit, and may be lost in this book form.

Political correctness has modified the story over the years. I suspe
Matt Linzey
Jan 25, 2012 Matt Linzey rated it really liked it
A simplistic story that follows a family on a journey detailing what they see and come across. The story is written in a repetitive pattern which encourages children to join in whilst being read to as they quickly pick up the pattern. Putting actions to the words made the story very interactive whilst also acting as a behaviour management strategy keeping the children focused and listening.

I read this book to my Reception class the day before we went on a school trip to the 'Build a Bear Factory
Sep 28, 2011 Bianca rated it it was amazing
This is another classic book that many adults would remember from childhood. Its melody element and use of repetition is catchy and engaging. The use of decriptive words and prepositions are useful in literacy lesson in developing sentences. The use of exclamations are useful in getting children to understand intonation and pitch and how to use these in speech as part of the Speaking and Listening key areas of Early years. This book could also be useul in Geography, as you follow the family's Be ...more
Tara O'
Sep 29, 2011 Tara O' rated it it was amazing
We’re going on a bear hunt written by Michael Rosen is one of my most cherished childhood books. How could I forget it…

We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day.
We’re not scared!

It is a fabulous light hearted story about a family who set out on a bear hunt.
During their adventure the family encounter many different terrains along the way: long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thick oozy mud and many more. The family must go through each terrain and this is where
Chloe Avery
Jan 18, 2012 Chloe Avery rated it it was amazing
This is one of those children's stories that is always a favourite and is read constantly. The book is very cleverly written and onomatopoeia and alliteration are used throughout the book. The repetition in the book makes it very interactive and children can be encouraged to participate with sounds and actions. The story starts with a family who decide to go on an outing in search of a big bear. Throughout the book the family travel through various settings oozy mud, a deep cold river and a dark ...more
Ugo Norcaro
Sep 28, 2011 Ugo Norcaro rated it it was amazing
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

This recognised children’s classic was lent to me by an experienced Primary School teacher friend and then used as part of a Geography lecture on the Primary PGCE course I am studying at present, so I felt duty bound to review it.
The illustrations are beautiful, with the characters almost jumping off the page, as well as clearly exhibiting a range of expressions and feelings. The text is ideal for reading out to the class and for engagin
Oct 11, 2011 Anita rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this book and will enjoy reading it to children in Early Years Foundation Stage and early Key Stage 1. It is very interactive with lots of audience participation through making sounds and actions. This makes it very memorable- I could still remember many of the words! The only issue that may arise when reading this book to children is that the problem of the scary bear is not resolved as the children decide to run away. This may be frightening for some children.

‘We’re Going on
Aliya Farooq
Sep 21, 2011 Aliya Farooq rated it it was amazing
We're going on a Bear Hunt has been a huge part of my career at a special needs school for the last two years, and today, at university, I rediscovered my love for this book and found myself chanting to the book during a lesson, knowing all the words.

A family of four travel far and wide in the hopes of finding and catching a glimpse of a bear.. a simple task they think! Along the way however, they encounter many adventures and many obstacles.. do they overcome this and do they finally get to see
Jan 19, 2014 Sharlene rated it really liked it
'We're Going On a Bear Hunt'by Michael Rosen, practically sums up my reading experience in primary school. This 'join all in' picture book, was read during a whole school assembly. i remember the excitement myself and the other children would feel when asked, " what are they going on?" And we would all shout out, really loudly "A BEAR HUNT!!!".

This happy go lucky picture book, allows the children to run free with their imagination. the use of onomatopoeia words, help the children use their sense
Apr 26, 2012 Aisha rated it it was amazing
Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ tells the story of a family who decide to go on a bear hunt but face many different obstacles along the way, including long wavy grass, thick oozy mud and a swirling whirling snowstorm. The book is very descriptive and as readers, we feel as if we go through the journey together with the characters.

Having used this book on both of my placements, I find it is very popular amongst children and it provides teachers with a great resource for further clas
Kim Cerri
Jun 30, 2013 Kim Cerri rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to meet the great children's author Michael Rosen when my own children were young. They loved his books and they opened up a world of adventure for them.

We're going on a bear hunt, is one of many books written by Michael Rosen. The illustrations by Helen Oxenbury are a mixture of black and white as well as colour images. These encourage children to use their own imagination to fill in the details of the settings.

It tells the audience of an exciting adventure taken by a family
Darren Shoneye
Oct 30, 2012 Darren Shoneye rated it it was amazing
I hesitated to write a review on this book, because it has been overtly read in the Early Years Foundation Stage, so I didn’t want to write a review on something that people had read many times before, and reviewed many times before.

For the number of people that have read this book, and I believe it is many, I steered away from writing a review, just for the sake of writing a review, (because that isn’t the point of this exercise, and that would be rather idle, and not very thought provoking!).
Khalida wahid
Sep 11, 2011 Khalida wahid rated it it was amazing
I read this book as an ice breaker with a very shy KS1 student. The very minute the words ‘We’re going on a Bear hunt’ left my lips the young boy who wouldn’t look me in the eye was suddenly looking at me in anticipation of what I would say next.
I was told he loved the book and after the first page I could very easily see why.
The book is full of adventure and wondrous scenarios that must be over come to get to the next part off the journey. It uses vibrant descriptions and repetition and young
Patrick Coman
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

We’re going on a bear hunt is an excellent example of a book that can involve all children listening. The story is backed up by beautiful illustrations to support the story.
The story follows a family who are going on a bear hunt and along the way encounter different terrains along their adventure. As each terrain is encountered the family must go through it eg the river, this is where the main attraction of the book comes with the sou
Ibran Khan
Sep 28, 2011 Ibran Khan rated it it was amazing
Read this book very recently and it's great for reading aloud to a group of young KS1 children. After reading this alone, I read it aloud to my nephew and only once I mentioned the word 'bear hunt', I got his full attention. From there on, he was chanting the words throughout.
The illustrations are very helpful in telling the story alone, children can actually open this up without having to read it if they've read this before with an adult.
It's a short read about a family and a dog enroute a bea
Ross Oates
Oct 27, 2011 Ross Oates rated it really liked it
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen is a story which follows a family who one day decides to embark on a bear hunt but along the way encounter various obstacles preventing them from finding this bear. The book contains many beautifully descriptive words along with bright and colorful illustrations to make the book very enjoyable for children. After facing many different hazards the family finally reach a cave but immediately turn and run for home when they come face to face with the bear ...more
On a beautiful day, four children and their dad decide to go on a bear hunt. They encounter one obstacle after another. They say they aren’t scared until they come face to face with an actual bear.

I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. First of all, I love that Dad is not afraid to venture off with his four children alone without Mom! Secondly, I love how the pages alternate between black and white and then color. I can't recall another book that I have read that alternates it illustrat
Sharmin Ahmed
Jul 29, 2013 Sharmin Ahmed rated it really liked it
This book is about a small family who go on an adventurous bear hunt, facing many obstacles on the way. Each obstacle is overcome as a family, and brings with it; a repetitive, song-like phrase, reoccurring throughout the book.

The illustrations are fantastic, it's very fun and colourful; enabling the young audience to create a descriptive, easy to follow narrative within their minds.

This book was excellent to read to my 4 year old brother, I was singing the repetitive phrases, and the fun atmo
Liam Mernagh
‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen is a children’s book guaranteed to capture the minds and hearts of all children between eighteen months and five. It enlightens us of a family who one day decides to embark on a bear hunt but along the way encounter stumbling blocks preventing them from reaching their destination. It’s wrote in beautiful repetitive language that allows the child to join in as they read it with an adult, learning the different places, sounds and directions the family ...more
Amy Hoang
Sep 24, 2011 Amy Hoang rated it really liked it
“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” is an adventurous story of a family on a bear hunt. Although a bit of a frightening read for children, it is nevertheless still enjoyable and exciting. This story is particularly good for children with learning difficulties and there are plenty of good repetitive rhymes. There is good use of onomatopia such as “Squelch squerch! Squelch squerch!” You could use visual resources and props- such as a bowl of water to splash- for the children with learning difficulties by ...more
Dee's Reading nook
"We're going on a bear hunt to see what they can see"... lol. This book still makes me laugh while reading i!

5 stars for the kid in me! *****
Kirsty Cabot
Jan 02, 2016 Kirsty Cabot rated it it was amazing
First read to Ivy 28/12/15
Jun 21, 2015 Siobhan rated it it was amazing
This book is, without a doubt, my childhood summed up.

It does not matter how old I get I can still quote the book. Admittedly I get the order of their adventure mixed up, but I can still tell you what happens. I’m sure that when I’m in my eighties I will still be able to recite the book – such is the impact of it.

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. We’re not scared.

How can you not love the book? I hope for generations to come children will continue to enjoy this little ge
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Michael Rosen, a recent British Children’s Laureate, has written many acclaimed books for children, including WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and I’M NUMBER ONE and THIS IS OUR HOUSE, both illustrated by Bob Graham. Michael Rosen lives in London.

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