We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Book & DVD) Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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This Big Book edition of Helen Michael Rosen's classic adventure is perfect for sharing with large groups.
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)
Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic work for any age at any period. The Independent on Sunday With such a partnership, how can this gorgeous great picture-book rhyme fail? The Guardian Lovely to read aloud and beautiful to look at. The Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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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One of my fave Children's book and a must have for any child's shelf. At 34 I still find myself quoting it when coming upon an obstical. Read morePublished 13 days ago by PFreeman
Both my children love this book and recite it to the tune, would recommendPublished 26 days ago by Jenniy2k_uk
Classic, the illustrations are simple, this can cause our two year old to be impatient. However when on form he uses his imagination and this is exactly what I would rather. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Aly