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We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Book & CD) Audio CD – 1 Oct 2007

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; First Thus edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406310948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406310948
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.6 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (888 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic work for any age at any period. The Independent on Sunday Fantastic adventure about a family cheerfully setting out on a brave hunt to find a bear Observer

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By Erin on 31 Jan. 2013
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!

Enjoy!
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Story line -
The story is about going on a bear hunt which turns out to be a real adventure. The family make their way through grass, a river, mud, a forest, a snowstorm, a cave and see the bear. The story then goes back over itself and reminds the children of where they had just walked as they run back away form the bear. DVD can aid learning and help the children understand the story.

Early Years Teachers - This book proved to be an invaluable resource on my teaching placements. As with this well respected and loved children's author, Michael Rosen, this is a great book with a good story line. It is so versatile and can be enjoyed by many ages. It is really easy to engage with as there are so many possible themes in the story which can be explored to a suitable depth dependent on the children's ages.

Themes include: positions, nature, weather/ our world, adventures and feelings.

Activity ideas: children could read along as it contains a lot of repetition and rhymes throughout; discuss and learn about feelings, in particular changing feelings throughout; rein-act a bear hunt or adventure - what would you need to take? who would you go with?; learn about weather changes; discuss habitats of animals; play positional language game of positioning a bear e.g. under a chair; children could go on their own hunt to find for example a worm; draw a storyboard including the grass, woods, river etc; and finally, the "we're not scared" quote can lead onto a discussion about fears and how to overcome them.

The DVD is a great added extra and can be used to entice the children into the story.

Would recommend to any early years teacher or parent.
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By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
'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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