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We're Going on a Bear Hunt [Paperback]

Michael Rosen , Helen Oxenbury
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16 Sep 1993
Follow the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. What a surprise awaits in the cave on the other side of the dark forest.

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New Ed edition (16 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744523230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744523232
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. His titles include We're Going on a Bear Hunt which was the winner of the Smarties Book Prize (9780744523232), Michael Rosen's Sad Book (9781406313616) and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry (9781406305500). The presenter of "Word of Mouth" on BBC Radio 4, he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997.

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This worthy winner of the Smarties prize in 1989 is a timeless classic that is enjoyed by children of all ages as well as by the adults who are continually asked to read it again and again. Follow the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. What a surprise awaits us all in the cave on the other side of the dark forest. Michael Rosen's lyrical, repetitive text reads aloud beautifully and Helen Oxenbury's delightful watercolour illustrations not only provide the perfect complement but also add another dimension to the story itself. (Ages 3 and over)

A Big Book edition of this story is also available.


Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic work for any age at any period. --The Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great joy for the under 5s 29 Oct 2008
'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' has been one of the favourite stories for children at the nursery where I work for years. It is a beautiful and well-constructed story, with nice use of repetitive language patterns that children can join in with or re-enact.

I was a little concerned by the idea of a DVD version: I didn't want to see one of the children's favourite stories ruined by over-production.

I needn't have worried. The DVD is beautifully-produced. It doesn't detract from the story in any way: the animation is simply an animated version of the illustrations from the book and the narration (by Kevin Whately and Emelia Fox) is just right. The added music track isn't intrusive, and it's used to partially set the words from the book to music. It's hard to remember now that the story didn't always seem to have this tune.

Presenting book and DVD together is a lovely idea.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
I am a teacher of children with severe learning difficulties and I have been featuring this book in our literacy hour all through the last term. We have developed props to enhance the sounds and visual effects; such as a dish of water for the 'Splish Splosh', wellies in a tray of wet sand for the 'Squelch Squerch' and a model of a cave, complete with wet nose, furry ears and 'Two Googly Eyes' for the meeting with the bear. The children's reactions have been brilliant. Those with limited or no speech have been repeating some of the words (even at home). All have responded and joined in well (particularly those with challenging behaviours) and all of the children love the repetitive nature of the words and the exciting ending. An obsolutely brilliant book and hard to replace for this term's featured story.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids love it. 29 April 2006
I ordered this unseen in response to rave reviews on Amazon. At first sight I thought it was a shame that every other illustration was a black and white line drawing - 'the kids'll never go for it', I thought. But they don't mind a bit! They love chanting along with the words that repeat throughout the book, and they love making all the sounds. It's become a real favourite for both my 4 and my 2 year old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars <3 31 Jan 2013
By Erin
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
So basically the book is about a Dad and 3 kids going for a walk, looking for bears, the have to overcome obstacles along the way e.g. mud, river, long grass etc. and eventually they do bump into a bear and run all the way home to hide from the bear in their house, when it turns out, the bear just wants to be friends.
It's very repetitive on each page, which is good, it's what kids like, they can learn it and read it along with you at the same time. And like i've said bellow, i'm 17 and I still remember it today...

I remember I used to have this book read to me when I was a little girl... I know the book off by heart still today... and I 17! So i thought it would be good to give to my little brother (2 years) so he gets to learn it as well!
He loves it, has it read to him all the time and sometimes will just look through it on his own looking at the pictures.
It's great that it's cardboard, means he can;t wreck it too easily (which is always a bonus with a toddler ;) )

It was smaller than I thought it would be, but actually it makes it easier for him to hold, so it worked out for the best :)
I love it, he loves and my dad loves.... It;s great for all ages!

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're going on a Bear Hunt 14 May 2007
This is my children's favourite book. My daughter (now 4) was given it for her 1st birthday and has loved it from about 18 months. My son, now 2.5, has been read it since birth and they both adore it. Because it's so fantastically repetitive and poetic both of them can recite the whole thing without needing the book so we often recite it whilst going for walks. We even play "bear hunt" round the house. I think it's a fantastic introduction to beautiful poetic language as well as being a fun story. I have heard people say their kids found it frightening but neither of my children ever have - and my daughter is frightened of most things!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Children love repetition and the chorus of this poem (see the title of this review) has the necessary repetition without being head-bangingly tedious for the adult reader. The rhythm of the poem/story is wonderful and we find ourselves chanting it on family walks. When our little boy was only 2 years old he could join in with us.

For each verse a new weather condition or practical obstacle (such as mud, a perenial little boy's favourite) is encountered. This provides the opportunity for lots of onomatopoeic "squelch, squerch", "swishy swashy", "hoo woo" and the like chants. Another winner with the children.

Finally after a long hunt the bear is found and everyone runs home to safety. This echoes the sort of I'm-coming-to-get-you, run-away game that parents and children have always played and enjoyed. Marvellous.

One word of advice - be mindful whether you're ordering a paperback, hardback or board book. When I first started buying for very small children on Amazon (wanting the more robust board books) I confused the last two formats resulting in some irritating returns and exchanges.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classic 25 May 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A book every child will love. It's got everything: masterful use of repetition, beautiful pictures, sounds that are huge fun to read and even a chase sequence with an angry bear. Bedtime isn't the same with any other book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear Hunt book is a delight
A Children's Classic book with great black & white and colour illustrations! Our 3 year old loves this story as we sing along!
Published 22 hours ago by Mr Sweets
5.0 out of 5 stars We're going on a bear hunt
This was bought for a 3 year old who had heard the story at nursery. Since the book arrived she has insisted her mother reads it to her every night and never tires of it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stephen Uffindell
2.0 out of 5 stars No cd
Listed as with CD but came with no CD hence very disappointing as main reason purchased was because of CD.
Published 6 days ago by Nana Brew
5.0 out of 5 stars or more importantly my daughter does!
A great book, that my daughter thoroughly enjoys having read to her - they do lots of actions to this at her nursery which she does whilst I read. A real hit with us all!
Published 6 days ago by rick a
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves it
My son has been read this in nursery and couldn't stop going on about it so I had to get it. Prompt delivery I was not disappointed.
Published 10 days ago by tjb75
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful story
Great story. Lots of repetition, sound words and always a favourite on family walks. A favourite with all ages. ---
Published 12 days ago by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I heard this being read out on Radio 2 earlier this year and the chap reading it did such a good job that I though I just have to get this book to read to my neice - aged 5. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Traceyanne
4.0 out of 5 stars great book!
this version is very small but nice and bulky for a child to play with! great book! loved it as a kid!
Published 18 days ago by Samantha Preis
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every book collection
Our daughter (nearly 3) loves books and for some reason this one was missing from our collection. She loves it and now even chants "We're going on a bear hunt" etc. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mrs.D
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
The story is a great adventure. Children love joining in with the words and actions. We've all regularly 'squelched and squerched' our way through the thick oozy mud and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs S. E. A. Gibbs
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