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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; New edition edition (Sept. 26 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744523230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744523232
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 0.4 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We're going on a bear hunt. / We're going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We're not scared." So begins Michael Rosen's award-winning read-aloud romp We're Going on a Bear Hunt. In this lovely boxed gift edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, a small paperback version of the book is packaged with the softest, most fabulous little brown bear we've ever seen. Reenacting "Splash splosh! Splash splosh! Splash splosh!" across the river is much more fun with an actual bear on hand. (Ages 4 and older) --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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A father and his four children--a toddler, a preschool boy and two older girls--go on the traditional bear hunt based on the old camp chant: "We're going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We're not scared. / Oh-oh! Grass! / Long, wavy grass. / We can't go over it. / We can't go under it. / Oh, no! / We've got to go through it!" The family skids down a grassy slope, swishes across a river, sludges through mud and, of course, finally sees the bear, who chases them all back to their home. It's a fantastic journey--was it real or imagined?--with the family's actions (and interaction) adding to the trip a goodnatured, jolly mood. The design of the oversized volume alternates black-and-white drawings with gorgeous full-color watercolor paintings, which Oxenbury uses to wonderful effect. Readers accustomed to her board books will find a different style here, of puddled colors and sweeps of light and shadow. The scale of the pictures and the ease with which the text can be shouted aloud make this ideal for families or groups to share. Ages 4-9.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on Aug. 6 2006
Format: Board book
This book has several pages of adventure (going through mud, snow, etc.) and into a bear's den. Then they find the bear and panic. They run home compressing all what they been through while being chased by the bear. The story ends with the adventurers in bed under the covers and the bear walking home. With decent narration, this makes an exciting story. My little boy continues to love this story since he was 6 months old, and keeps returning to it as he slowly understands more and more of it. He would push aside his other favorite books (Goodnight Gorilla, Tumble Bumble, Very Hungry Caterpillar and similar) to find this book and bring it to me. Nothing quiets him down for readings as fast as this book.
Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10 2002
Format: Board book
This is one of my three-year-old daughter's favourite books. The repetitive, sing-song chorus ("We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one...") and the sound effects, as the family passes through tall grass, mud, a river, a forest and a snowstorm before reaching the bear's cave, will delight any pre-schooler. (For even more fun, use your child's teddy bear as a prop when the bear in the story finally makes his appearance.)
This book is great fun for both parent and child. It's one you won't soon tire of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrsflowers on March 23 2001
Format: Board book
We enjoy going along the adventure with the family in the book and shouting phrases like, " We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh,no! We've got to go through it!" There are fantastic sounds along the journey like "Hoo Woo" in the snowstorm. The ending is best read really fast, which is at times challenging for the parent and fun for all. We love this book!
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Format: Hardcover
When reading this book to my kids they all loved it. (Ages 3-7) Just reading the title to them and showing them the front cover were enough to raise their curiosity of what the story would contain when it was being read. They asked questions like: "Why are they hunting for a bear? Do you think they will be ok?" We're Going on a Bear Hunt does a great job of making reading out loud to your kids a thing to look forward to. Your kids will enjoy this little story as it takes you onward towards the bear.
When reading this picture book you will see that the Illustrations are colorful, lively and accurate in their support of the text at all times. The clearly defined illustrations also complement the mood and setting of the adventuring family along the changing terrain. You will notice the contrast between lighter and darker scenes as the storyline changes emotions and how they help develop the plot throughout.
Just like the illustrations, the text of the story is lively and fun to read. The themes are repetitive and easy for young ones to anticipate. (Another good thing for beginning readers) The page has text that imitates the sounds that the family makes while on the bear hunt. You will also notice that the text and Illustrations are not mixed up with the layout on the pages, thus avoiding the confusion that some books do have. The text is large enough to easily read and good for beginning readers. My oldest enjoyed reading it to his younger siblings.
Overall, I would say that We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a great way to teach your kids, in a fun way, a little about what not to do when you go on an adventure in the wild;-) It will provide plenty of good reading, laughter and silliness. I am sure you will have your little ones asking you to repeatedly read this charming, fun and well-done book.
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Format: Board book
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This story has to be one of the more exciting and fun stories for young children. The tempo and rhythm can't fail to grab a child's attention.
It's got the perfect mix of pace, suspense and humour.
A really neat touch from the illustrator (Helen Oxenbury) is the alternation between color and black and white pages. The monochrome pages coincide with the recognition of the various obstacles along the way.
Another attractive effect is the way the early pages are bright and colorful and as the family gets closer to the bear, the scenes become darker and gloomier.
A key scene is where the children's dog comes face to face with the bear. The expressions on the animal's faces are superb.
The link between the story and the illustrations is at its best when the family has to quickly retrace their steps with the bear in hot pursuit. To heighten the pace we now get three frames per page.
The penultimate page is a double spread with everybody (including the dog) safely at home under the covers. Meanwhile poor old bear heads off back to his cave.
With head down and shuffling along the beach despondently you might just think he wanted to be friends with everybody.
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By P. D. on Jan. 22 2000
Format: Board book
...to read this book over and over and over. It's a mini-study of what appeals to toddlers (and adults!) with its strong beat, a cyclical form, noises to make ("Swishy-Swashy!")and an energetic plot. No matter how sleep-deprived you are, or how tired you may be from chasing your little one/s, the book is so inviting you will find yourself giving a highly dramatic reading ("Tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe....WHAT'S THAT?"). My 18-month-old daughter is wild about this book. She knows every silly noise and shrieks with delight each time we turn to the page with the bear. The text is wonderful, the illustrations are even better, and the appeal will last for years. Enjoy it.
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