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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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Now the very youngest readers can join in the fun with this Classic Board Book™ edition of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Full of delightful comedy and high drama, this tale of a brave family's joyous romp through sweeping landscapes is sure to win new fans.
Board Book, 36 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Little Simon (first published 1989)
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Kirk
May 09, 2013 Kirk rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWpzxz...

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'
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Vivian
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
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Miayruffah
Rosen and Oxenbury clearly know how to make a story fun, engaging and beautiful! Going back to it recently meant that I too could join in the actions, rhythm and rhyme. A family are off on a bear hunt, but on this journey they explore many exciting sounds, colures and terrifying settings. They encounter “wavy grass…a deep cold river…thick oozy mud…a big dark forest and much more. The repetition “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…We’re going to catch a big one… We’re not scared…We can’t go over it, We c ...more
Mehrin Ahmed
‘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
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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
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Matt Linzey
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
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Bianca
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
Anjumanara
This is a delightful book which can be enjoyed by children of all ages and adults who are repeated asked to read over and over again. It follow the exciting journey of a family as they pass through the grass, the river, the mud in search of the bear on the other side of the dark forest. It's repetitive text is well recieved by children of the EYFS and Key Stage 1 who enjoy being read to aloud and join in. The vivid imigery and beautiful illustration is gripping and imaginatively captured through ...more
Dale Harcombe
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.

So
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Tara O'
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
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Chloe Avery
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
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
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Anita
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
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Aliya Farooq
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
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Sharlene
'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
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Aisha
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
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Kim Cerri
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
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Darren Shoneye
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!).
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Khalida wahid
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
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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
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Ibran Khan
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
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Ross Oates
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
Michelle
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
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Sharmin Ahmed
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
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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
“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
Mione Knight
Michael Rosen’s children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ is an engaging and stimulating book to read. It would be a brilliant book to introduce into an early years class.

The story follows a family who claim they are ‘going on a bear hunt.’ On their hunt they come across a series of obstacles such as a forest, mud, a river, and a cave. At each obstacle the family chant ‘We can’t go over it! We can’t go under it! We have to go through it!’ Eventually the family comes face to face with a big sc
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Hassan Ali
Book Review 2 - We’re going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen

I absolutely adore this book! It is another timeless classic, which I enjoy time and time again and never tire of reading. The story consists of a family adventuring through different landscapes such as; grass, river and mud in search of a bear. Many questions loom, as you get closer and closer on the journey in search for this bear. What surprises await us all in the cave on the other side of the dark forest? Will we catch the bear? It
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Jennifer Michael
I love reading this book and children love hearing it! the family go on a bear hunt but have obticals on the way. The book uses good repetition for children to join in with the story. I have seen this book used in many ways: in small world play, to make story plans, role play, in art and ict. Therefore this book has great cross curriculum links. I highly recommend this book!
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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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