We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt


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Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756978662
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 583,114
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Helen Oxenbury is the renowned illustrator of many classic picture books, including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas. Ms. Oxenbury lives with her husband, illustrator John Burningham, in North London.

Michael Rosen, an English poet, scriptwriter, broadcaster, and performer, has been writing for children since 1970. He lives in London with his wife and five children.

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Lydia_LaPutka More than 1 year ago
This book will bring back fond memories for former Girl Scouts like me! It has lots of repetition which is great for beginning readers. It can also be used as a basis for a fun P.E. activity. I teach kindergarten, and my students LOVE going on a bear hunt (or modified as going on a leprechaun hunt in March). We act the whole thing out with lots of movement. You definitely need to make up hand motions to go with this story. These are a few of the movements we do: Put your hands on your hips for "Going on a bear hunt!" Hands out indicating something large when singing "Gonna catch a big one." For "What a beautiful day!" we circle our hands out crossing them in front and making a big circle like a sun. For "We're not scared" we make a fist and pound our chests once and look fierce on the "We're" part. Otherwise, you make up stuff for the other sounds. For the grass we slide our palms together to make a "swishy swashy" sound. Have fun!
waterflowers More than 1 year ago
I have a son and daughter who have Autism, and this book, is an absolute fave between them. It takes a lot to grab a small child who has Autism's attention, and they bring this book to me over and over to read. They become animated, enlightened, and captivated by the rhythmic rhymes, and sentences. They are all smiles and move along and act out the story. Seeing them this animated, makes me very very happy. We enjoy many books, but none have the effect of this. Leading up to the part abt the "Oh, oh a snow storm, a swirling, whirling snow storm"- my 4 year old daughter begins bouncing in anticipation, and clapping her hands, My 9 year old son makes a Shhhhh shhhhhh woosh snow storm sound and the story is alive right from our living room, dr office, relatives house, anywhere we go, this book goes. I wish the author knew how happy and alive her book makes my three little kids, and captivates and animates my 2 that have autism. This boy has enriched our lives, and as cheesy as it sounds, has brought a lot of smiles and sunshine into our lives. This book is truly a joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this to my son since he was born. There are lots of great sounds to say as the family moves along in the adventures. He is five now and we still enjoy it. I buy it for a gift over and over.
jclaudette More than 1 year ago
This is so fun to read and move with kids of all ages!
MyBoysNana More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book to read to my grandsons and their favorite book to listen to and interact with me. I would read the story on the black & white illustrated pages softly and singsongy then would read the colorful action pages louder with lots of emotion. They would listen and their eyes would get big and sparkle with excitement. Soon they were voicing the action pages themselves. When the storybook family discovered the bear I quickened the reading pace as they ran back home. This book provides so much stimulation and joy. The story is told in an almost poetry verse. The water-color illustrations are art. It's a child's first thriller. It prompts interaction with your child. The board book is perfect for little hands to become accustomed to the feel of holding a book. Such a small price for so much value. I include this book with every new baby gift I buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've done this! Tracked a bear and then been chased back to my grandpa's home. My son likes the pop-up version of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book I have been wanting to purchase for myself, I am a 23 yr old and I was working at a daycare for a couple of years and I used to love reading this book to the children. Just seeing the expressions on there face and the children being able to read it back to you, is a reason you can't help but love children, and the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 14 years old i have read this book since i was little and i still love it. I I feel this is a must have book for young kids. i remember my mom reading it to me at night. I wish we still did that.
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book to read to a young classroom as the lyrics have a nice rhythm to it. A family goes on a Journey to hunt for a bear and come across a quite large amount of obstacles, but once they get close.... well it is quite scary to come across a bear!
ssajj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three young children and their parents find various obstacles when they go on a bear hunt including: ¿long wavy grass¿, ¿a deep cold river¿, ¿thick oozy mud¿, ¿a big dark forest¿, and a ¿swirling whirling snowstorm.¿ At each obstacle they realize that they that they ¿can't go under it¿, ¿can¿t go over it¿, so ¿got to through it.¿ They do not let these obstacles upset them but always keep a positive attitude. Finally in the cave where the bear is lurking, they change their mind about their bear hunt and hurriedly retrace their steps back to their home. This is a wonderful rhyming book and would make a great Read Aloud.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun version of the song of a family going on a bear hunt. Beautiful illustrations.
chelsiking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have gone to camp, you will love this book! This is the book to the camp song, "Going On a Bear Hunt" that is interactive & fun for any one to participate in! This is a very humorous & fun book to read, especially aloud!
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome read aloud-needs to be perfected-classic
McKennaMiller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it follows a good pattern and leads the reader on and then suddenly the family sees the bear and the book abandons the pattern while the family runs home. I also like how the book goes from black and white pages to color pages.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is apparently a classic camp song - not one I ever heard growing up, though.My nieces request this book a *minimum* of once a week (and usually, once they request it, they want me to read it over and over again to boot!), and we love it every time. Then they often want me to help them reenact the story - I'll be the bear, then they'll be the bear, then the teddy bear will be the bear....If you're paying attention as you read it, you can even see the various members of the family change their mood as the story goes on and they get hit with various forms of minor disasters.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I purchased this because I remembered the poem and motions from church camp when I was growing up; however, some of the adventures on the way were a little different than the ones I remembered so I have to say that I was a bit disappointed--not disappointed enough to have not purchased the book, but still wishing that it was the same as the one I'd learned in my younger days.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A favorite for all three of our kids (our family hardback has finally pretty much fallen apart), this book offers multiple layers of contrast: repeated phrases vs. new content, easy vocabulary vs. fun nonsense sounds, mock-scary vs. cozy/comfortable, and black-and-white vs. color illustrations. Not to mention an opportunity for an over-the-top, frenetic reading of the last few pages.
jscheper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a picture book based on the old poem or chant. A family of 5 and their dog, go on a bear hunt hoping to catch a big one. They go through grass, through a river, mud, and a forest to find a bear. Once they find the bear they run back all through their obstacles. This is a great visual book of a chant I use when I'm hiking. I loved doing this chant with hand movements when I was a child and this would be a great addition to the fun activity. The illustrations are very full and the family looks very playful. The observation of the obstacle in drawn in black and white and the color comes in when they go through or around the obstacle. A great addition for a classroom or a personal library.
kshielee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is something that a family could realistically do, although they probably would not. The children can easily relate to what is going on in the story and will enjoy the various sounds of the places they travel and the repetition in the story. The characters in this story are not well developed. We do not even find out the names of the characters. There are five members in the family, but we do not know anything about them other than they are going on a bear hunt.
Bookwormeater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have a friend who is 3 and loves this book. There is a lot of words that make sounds for example squelch squerch. This book is very exciting. The repetition is "you can't go over it, you can't go under it, you can't go around it, you got to go through it." Things like mud, river, and forest are among those things that you have to go through it. Great read-aloud.
jcraft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic children's adventure book. It tells about going on an adventure and crossing many obstacles only to find a bear. It has spawned many renditions such as the song.
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had this book memorized from having it read to me so much. I also read it to my younger brother all the time and he loved it. I thought the ending was sad with the bear walking away alone.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It would be a lot of fun to have the kids stand up and pretend like they're "splash splosh"ing through a river, "squelch squerch"ing through the mud and "tiptoe tiptoe"ing through the cave in slow, exaggerated movements while saying the sounds. Acting out words is kind of like physical phonological awareness. And then, it would be so fun to act out the last part of the book in a rushed way, "stumble trip"ing through the forest, "swish swash"ing through the grass and then jumping under the covers.
cmiersma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This is the typical ¿bear hunt¿ that many adults go on with young children, except with words and pictures already laid out for the leader. This story includes an entire family searching for a bear by going through forests, rivers, mud, and all the classic obstacles that are included in the ¿Going on a Bear Hunt¿ song. Critique: This fiction story shows a family searching and finding a bear who then chases the family back to their house. This story could be included in realistic fiction because all the incidences in the story could possible happen, but is not considered an activity that humans normally do. This story does include an engaging theme that includes all elements of a good plot, including action, conflict, and resolution. Teacher Use: A teacher could use this book with a young group of children who may not have ever heard the ¿We¿re Going on a Bear Hunt¿ song. The teacher could being reading the story with the tune of the song, teaching the children the song, while showing them the pictures of what it would look like to go through all the actions of a bear hunt. Media: Watercolor
kcollett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"What a beautiful day!" still evokes the response "We're not scared!" Oxenbury's Baby Board Books are good, too.