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Title: We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Jigsaw Book
Author: Michael Rosen
Publisher: Published February 11th 2014 by Candlewick Press (first published 1989)
ISBN: 9780763670733
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For brave hunters and bear lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is now available in a delightful puzzle book edition. Imagine the fun of going on a bear hunt — through tall, wavy grass (swishy swishy swishy! ), swampy mud (squelch squelch squelch! ), and a swirling whirling snowstorm (hoooo woooo! ) — only to find a "real" bear waiting at the For brave hunters and bear lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is now available in a delightful puzzle book edition. Imagine the fun of going on a bear hunt — through tall, wavy grass (swishy swishy swishy! ), swampy mud (squelch squelch squelch! ), and a swirling whirling snowstorm (hoooo woooo! ) — only to find a "real" bear waiting at the end of the trail! The perfect gift for a preschooler, this exciting novelty edition includes seven press-out puzzles featuring Helen Oxenbury’s lively art.

30 review for We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Jigsaw Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    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' 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't have a big problem with those books. They make sense to me because they follow three core principles: it's ok to depict kids doing dumb shit, because their mistakes are generally inadvertent. The mistakes characters make should teach children about human folly and the lessons we can glean from the err of our ways. Finally, rarely, if ever, are the parents depicted as condoning the child's self-destruction. Not so with this piece of shit. The parents lead their children gently by the hand right to the threshold of death's door. They take them to a bear's cave as he is, presumably, in the midst of hibernation, when bears are at their most pissed off and hungry. There are only two options that come to mind when I try to discern author intention here: this book is either a treatise for parents "tactfully" trying to get rid of their kids, or the first in a failed series of books, the overarching theme of which is "let's do stupid shit!" Yeah, they're going on a bear hunt, just like this zebra is going on a "lion hunt" Then there's the artwork. The artwork is impressionistic, evocative of my youth, particularly the memories I have of using the excrement in my diapers to paint on my bedroom walls. Much like the drawings in this book, I couldn't distinguish between the characters in my own imagery either. Only two things could be said of it with absolution. It stunk, and you can't bleach the images away once they've been burned into your memory. Aww. How cute. She's going on an alien hunt. What a beautiful day. Then of course there's the suspension of disbelief. Our characters traipse across the four seasons and every environmental variation at every altitude possible, meet a bear, and then react in the most inappropriate manner possible. They've come equipped with absolutely nothing but ignorance and stupidity. They cross rivers with potentially dangerous undercurrents. They walk through snow in summer clothes. This book is a treatise on everything you should not do while hiking. And for all the reasons mentioned above, by the time I got to the end of the book, I f*cking wanted the bear to eat the characters. Except the baby. That'd just be cruel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brendon Schrodinger

    We're all going on a bear hunt, Why are we hunting a bear? For fur? To eat? To play marbles with? We never find out. It keeps me awake at night. There was no gun. They bought the whole family. Maybe the bear is their uncle?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    In this repetitive story, the reader is taken along on a family’s hunt for a bear. Walking through the grass, traversing a river, and pushing through a snowstorm are only a few of the obstacles they must overcome (each with their own sounds) in order to make it to the bear’s cave. Once they reach the cave and come eye to eye with this bear.... they quickly change their minds and rush back through all the obstacles to the safety of being under the covers. Quite the tale and Neo enjoyed all the od In this repetitive story, the reader is taken along on a family’s hunt for a bear. Walking through the grass, traversing a river, and pushing through a snowstorm are only a few of the obstacles they must overcome (each with their own sounds) in order to make it to the bear’s cave. Once they reach the cave and come eye to eye with this bear.... they quickly change their minds and rush back through all the obstacles to the safety of being under the covers. Quite the tale and Neo enjoyed all the odd sounds as the family made their way through the book. He did find it funny that they were determined to find a bear but ran off when they completed their task.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    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 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 and this is a perfect example! Go for it if you've got some youngsters nearby.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I don't know what I'd think of this now, if I were reading it for the first time. But my kids and I sure did love it when they were young and younger. So fun to read aloud, with all the drama. I certainly never got tired of it over several dozens of reads. .......... Just read Bear's Day Out which, as I said there, is not nearly so wonderful... but it did help me remember details of this, and more of why I love it. This is the brilliant book that belongs in every child's personal collection. Oh th I don't know what I'd think of this now, if I were reading it for the first time. But my kids and I sure did love it when they were young and younger. So fun to read aloud, with all the drama. I certainly never got tired of it over several dozens of reads. .......... Just read Bear's Day Out which, as I said there, is not nearly so wonderful... but it did help me remember details of this, and more of why I love it. This is the brilliant book that belongs in every child's personal collection. Oh that breathless run back home and the poignant denouement. Read this out loud even if you don't have a child. Note how fun it is to read the trip out casually, adventurously... and then the trip back fast, faster, until "under the covers" &etc.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I know this book off by heart due to the amount of times I’ve read it to the children at the pre-school I work at...I wanted to rate it🤷🏻♀😂 I know this book off by heart due to the amount of times I’ve read it to the children at the pre-school I work at...I wanted to rate it🤷🏻‍♀️😂

  7. 5 out of 5

    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 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 double-page spread which depicts the beach. • Ask, “What shall we do here?” After a few responses turn to the title page and run your finger under the title. Invite them to go on a Bear Hunt. • Whenever the text says “We can’t go over it”, etc. ask instead, “Can we go over it?” and shake your head while everyone says “no!”, etc. This involves the group and pulls them into the drama. • When you get to the end where it says “one shiny wet nose” touch your nose without saying “nose” and wait ‘til the group says “nose”. Do the same for the ears and eyes. • When the story is finished ask, how else can we go on vacation?

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 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 the family encounters various obstacles in their way which they have to go through on their bear hunt, including long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thick oozy mud, and so on. The rhythm and rhyme are highly effective. I particularly liked the swirling whirling snowstorm. The result when the family finds the bear is as you would expect. They hurriedly run back home. I don’t feel I am giving away the plot here because I am sure most people are familiar with this book. It’s been a staple in childhoods for a lot of years. I expected to love this book as it brought back memories and I still love the text. The illustrations left no lasting impression on me from years ago. That may well be because I am a word person and not a visual person. Sadly to me the illustrations didn’t hold up well after 25 years. bear hunt For me it is the portrayal of the human characters that were the let down. I realise others may not agree with me on this but I found the illustrations too old fashioned. The one exception is the last page showing the dejection of the bear. That is a beauty.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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 ‘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 not only makes it appealing for young listeners, but interactive too, as it encourages them to join in. After undergoing each adventure, the family at last end up in ‘gloomy cave’ where they come face to face with none other than the bear himself! Quick! They must rapidly go back through each setting, creating an element of excitement and rush. If reading this book out loud with a class, the teacher can pause here and ask children to recall the adventures the characters went through in the correct order from the most recent. Another fascinating aspect of the book is its unique and unusual use of illustrations which fluctuate between black and white and colour. Interestingly, the pages with the actual adventures taking place are in colour, bringing the adventures and the onomatopoeia of the action words to life. A great book for children to join in as a whole class during ‘story time’ which can then be used to explore different settings later on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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 the book where the family are squelching through the mud, the children would say "squelch squelch!" and imagine they are doing the exact same by lifting their feet and legs in the air! I think this book allows children to become apart of the story and to imagine how the characters must be feeling. In the end the family finds the bear in a cave and after one look they all rush back home out of fear and proclaim together "We're not going on a bear hunt again!!"

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Elston

    I have always adored this book, particularly as a child. This story provides an opportunity for children to get fully involved with the events in the book. Uses lots of repetition and can almost be read through a song. The illustrations are simplistic and colourful and tell the story. This book can also develop children's problem-solving skills: we can't go over it, we can't go under it. What shall we do? Lots of descriptive words used as well as onomatopoeia. This story also works really well fo I have always adored this book, particularly as a child. This story provides an opportunity for children to get fully involved with the events in the book. Uses lots of repetition and can almost be read through a song. The illustrations are simplistic and colourful and tell the story. This book can also develop children's problem-solving skills: we can't go over it, we can't go under it. What shall we do? Lots of descriptive words used as well as onomatopoeia. This story also works really well for children with SEN, particularly with the use of sensory props.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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 suspect originally the story was actually about going on a hunt to kill bears. During my childhood the movements still included holding a gun, but it was very much a pretend hunt. This book came after my time, and the guns are gone and 'hunt' is now used in the terms of 'hunting for my keys behind the couch'. I've seen some newer PC-gone-mad versions where the authors go a long way out of their way to state they are hunting for good photographs (and that no bear was harmed in the making of this story)... X-man is too young to understand the story at this stage - but I think I'll tell him this story with the level of political correctness displayed in this version. (and explain that it is a hunt for photos only if prompted.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    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 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'. It linked in with work they had done that week about bears and was a perfect introduction to the idea of 'going on a journey'. The school trip was to be their first as a class and reading this book to them was a good starter activity before we discussed the next day's school trip and what the children would be doing. I followed up the reading of this book with the class the following week when they were asked to act out in small groups what they could remember from the story. The fact that I had introduced actions to represent what the family in the story saw on their journey meant the children were able to confidently recall a lot of the story and really enjoyed acting it out. A very good interactive read for children of 3 years and older. A good choice for a basis in Drama activities for children in Key Stage One.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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 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 Bear hunt journey, this book could be a good resource for map planning. Were going on a bear hunt could be used in Drama/PE/music lessons, It could be a very exciting way to draw the children in by role-playing the actions of walking through the mud for example. The sound affects add a nice touch for impact. This book could be used, I would say from EYFS through to KS1.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rianna (RiannaBlok)

    47/45 books read in 2017 NL: Een van mijn vriendinnen is nu een mama, dus kocht ik het kleintje een boek :) Dit was een van mijn favorieten toen ik klein was (en ook een favoriet van mijn zusje), dus perfect geschikt als een cadeautje. Het liefst geef ik een kinderboek dat ik al gelezen (of herlezen) heb & dit verhaal geeft me nog steeds een warm gevoel. Het is zeker grappiger om het te lezen als een volwassene, maar de spanning is nog steeds aanwezig en het rijmschema geeft het een geweldig 47/45 books read in 2017 NL: Een van mijn vriendinnen is nu een mama, dus kocht ik het kleintje een boek :) Dit was een van mijn favorieten toen ik klein was (en ook een favoriet van mijn zusje), dus perfect geschikt als een cadeautje. Het liefst geef ik een kinderboek dat ik al gelezen (of herlezen) heb & dit verhaal geeft me nog steeds een warm gevoel. Het is zeker grappiger om het te lezen als een volwassene, maar de spanning is nog steeds aanwezig en het rijmschema geeft het een geweldig ritme. Zeker weten een aanrader, vooral om voor te lezen! EN: One of my friends recently had a baby, so of course I couldn't resist buying the little man a book :) I absolutely adored this story when I was younger (and so did my sister), so I figured it would make a great gift. I like (re-)reading a book before I gift it and this story still brings a smile to my face. It is a little silly reading it as an adult, but the suspense is great and I love the rhythm of the rhymes. Definitely recommend, especially for reading out loud!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Wood

    Helps children to learn rhythm and rhyme for phonological processing

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn Marrison

    My favourite book as a child and is always exciting to read! I even read this book to children now!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jeffs

    A classic book, that never goes out of fashion! A must read with your class. Everyone will remember the words! - 'I'm not scared!'

  19. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I remember reading this to my kids. Loved it. I need to find it at the library and relive good times!

  20. 5 out of 5

    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 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 the bear they are searching so hard for? You'll have to read it to see! This book allows for a brilliant introduction for pupils in KS1, straight away they're hooked, in awe that a father would take his children on such an amazing outing and that also to meet a bear?? Like adults, children are also intrigued by a story out of the ordinary, by things that they are not able to do. This book uses repetition and uses, like music, almost a chorus that is repeated over and over within the book. Not only is the same passage repeated throughout but the rest of the text follows a simple pattern that begins.. 'Uh Oh..' and 'We can't go over it' and so on. This allows children to actively participate and chant together increasing the fun aspect, which is vital for children during this age. The text also includes onomatopoeia such as 'Swishy swashy, swishy swashy', which allows children to again join in and chant it together. Patterns in the text allows children to anticipate what is about to come next, increasing their confidence and encouraging them to join in with the rest of the class. The pictures span across both pages of the book and are very descriptive. The size of the pictures allows pupils to look a them and play close attention, linking words to pictures and making sense of them. Pictures are black and white on which the text beging with 'We're going on a bear hunt' and on pages where onomatopoeia occurs, the pictures are in colour. This draws attention to the environments in which the family go through, therefore allowing children to study and describe them. My favourite bit about these pictures is the first page that shows an empty beach and a last page, that shows the same beach but this time with the bear, the family ran away from. The bear almost looks upset in this last page and gives the impresson that all he wanted was a friend. A good lesson for pupils, looks may be deceiving. This book is amazing to use as a topic in primary schools for pupils in Key Stage 1. It is a topic in which many cross- curricular links can take place such as. Geography can be based around this book by looking at all the different surroundings and places the family encounter throughout the book. Sequencing can take place in which pupils can use pictures and work out which environment; cave, river, forest comes first. Moreover, in the last page, the layout of a typical house is also somewhat depicted; through the door, up the stairs and so on. This can be extended and pupils can be asked to make a little map of their own house. Whilst working at a school specially for children with autism, a role play was constructed. After many lessons on the bear hunt, a river was made using blue material, a cave was represented by a play tent and grass by green sugar paper. Whilst teachers and pupils chanted the song together, pupils acted out the story around the classroom linkng to topics within drama and art. Youtube also has a fantastic link in which the author; Michael Rosen actually sings and chants the book himself with actions. Actions can be copied and again pupils can go from the 'river' to the 'cave' and so on, linking this topic to P.E. Lastly, pupils can be asked to describe and maybedraw or write what adventures they would like to go on with their family bringing literacy into the equation. This is fantastic book that can be used with most children. Having used it in an SEN school and getting brilliant results, I can say that this book is truly enteraining, effective and one that no one will forget.

  21. 5 out of 5

    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!). 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!). I want to share and lend powerful ideas that I get from books I have read with pupils in the early years that can inspire people - they can in return inspire other young individuals. I was therefore very adamant that I would not review this book, until last week when I changed my mind. Keep reading to find out why... I am writing a review, but with a twist. I am reviewing, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, but in French. ‘We're going on a Bear Hunt’, translates to ‘La chasse à l’ours’. We read this book with a year one class in English first, and then we read it in French. Reading in another language has never been so much fun. Learning languages in the EYFS is about creating a notion of familiarity. Even though the pupils cannot understand the words, they know what is going on in the story. After reading the entire story in French, I really thought the fact that you can utilise this book to teach a French lesson shows the versatility of it. As the majority of us know, the book is about the whole experience of the bear hunt, and the actions/sounds that you can make with the children. Being silly and funny is what makes this so engaging. Learning another language is all about the context; Setting the context so that there is something about it that is familiar to the pupils reading it. Wavy grass (SWISHY SWISHY!); swampy mud (SQUELCH SQUELCH!); are absolutely brilliant in French. I think this would be a great book for teaching a French lesson. It is a quick and fun read in both languages. It is important to read it in English first to re-familiarise them with it, then get everyone to stand up and read it in French whilst doing the actions. For anyone teaching a French lesson, and many newly qualified teachers will be, keep this one in your tool book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    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 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 to find an elusive bear. The family experience a range of environments which allows the family to explore the environment and overcome the obstacles. The book also introduces emotions through fear. This book has a high use of alliteration and repetition. This allows the reader or the audience to predict what may be coming next. This book also allows children to act out scenes which gives them physical actions to re-enforce what they are reading or listening to. It also allows for simple signing to be introduced into children's vocabulary to support their learning and inclusive approaches which are adopted by many schools. This book encourages children to sequence events and reverse the sequence of events. It allows for many additional activities based around the text to promote the comprehension of the story, such as Drama (through re-enactment), Art (creating the environments), Numeracy (through sequencing), Literacy (through the reading, writing, signing and discussion around the text), Science (through experiencing the different environments), PSHE (through exploring feelings) and many more. This book is appropriate as a group reader for early years children (3-4 years) right through to an independent reader of around 7 years, depending on the ability and comprehension of the individual child. No key stage one or two class should be without a copy of this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    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 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 the fun begins. Rosen’s use of onomatopoeic words really brings to story to life in each setting, e.g. swishy swashy and splash splash. The story is also backed up with some bright and beautiful illustrations to make the book even more enjoyable for children. After facing many different dilemmas the family eventually reach the gloomy cave where they come face to face with the bear. They quickly scurry out of the cave and back through each terrain creating a scene of chaos and excitement. At the end of this book we see a picture of the family hiding under the bed covers proclaiming that they’re not going on a bear hunt again. I feel that this book would be a great little resource to use in an early years classroom setting and maybe throughout Key stage 1 as well. This is the ideal book to read out loud to children. The use of repetition of phrases and the element of rhyme in the story is nice. I can just imagine the children joining in and repeating the verses with the teacher. I think that this book would be very useful for sequencing in Literacy. It could be used for a drama lesson, where the children could act out the scenes in the family’s adventure. It could also be linked to geography as it is about a journey and environments, perhaps in a map planning class.

  24. 5 out of 5

    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 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 forest. The family finally reach a cave where they come face to face with a bear. The bear chases the family all the way home and all hide safely under their duvet where they all agree "We're not going on a bear hunt again!”. The book can be used across the curriculum In English children can sequence the story and can be acted out in drama. It could also be linked to geography where children can create their own maps and discuss environments. There are endless opportunities to extend and develop this book. I believe this book would be best used in the foundation stage and the beginning of key stage one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 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 engaging early readers. The sound effect pages are my particular favourites and I can visualise a class of KS1 or early KS2 fully animated and vociferous at these points. These particular pages have some fun alliteration and word combinations, together with some interesting blends that might be used as part of a phonics lesson. The cross-curricular link demonstrated during my Geography lecture was to the mapping theme, recording the journey, but weather and environment connections can be established as well. I am sure this book is in virtually every KS1 and reception classroom already and it will be in mine.

  26. 4 out of 5

    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 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 class work. My Year 2 class loved creating their own version of this story in which they decided they wanted to go on a Dragon hunt instead and they thought of their own ideas for settings and sounds to go with each setting. My nursery class loved creating actions for each sound and acting these out whilst I read the story to them. As the book is very repetitive, it is good for EAL children who all joined in and engaged well with the planned activities. It is a brilliant resource to use if you are in EYFS or KS1 and overall a just a lovely story to read to your class.

  27. 4 out of 5

    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 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 a Bear Hunt’ can be used in a number of ways in the classroom, most notably in geography lessons as it is a story with a strong journey element. The characters travel through grass, rivers, mud, a forest, a snowstorm and finally a cave to reach the bear. A possible activity is for the children to sequence the environments the characters travelled through on a linear map by pegging large picture cards onto a rope. The person at the far end of the rope could even be given furry ears and act as the bear.

  28. 5 out of 5

    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 '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 senses to decipher the different types of sounds. the cleverly use of repetition, allows the children to familiarise themselves with what is being read and understand the concept of the story; to have fun and explore, even though it might seem daunting, go for it ... the illustrations, easily tell the story, without the need of words, which is brilliant and means that this book adapts to the different learning capabilities of different children. i would recommend this book to everyone and anyone, such a great read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    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 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 readers are drawn in and are able to learn and explore the vocabulary and the pattern of journey through a story – ie. Beginning, middle and end. This book is ideal for reading out loud and creating interactive tasks with the pupils – when we read this book we acted out the scenes and discussed how we would feel and what we would do if we were the characters. It is a very fun book and I would recommend everyone reads it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    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 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 bear hunt but encounter obstacles in the way. Althought short, it's just lengthy enough for the kids to remember and tell the story themselves. Ofcourse, the repition helps and re-enforces the problem of encountering obstacles. It's great fun and can be used well in the classroom with drama, geography (planning/drawing routes/maps) etc.

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