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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Jigsaw Book [Paperback]

Michael Rosen , Helen Oxenbury
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Book Description

Sept. 26 1995
Imagine the fun of going on a bear hunt-through tall, wavy grass (SWISHY SWISHY!); swampy mud (SQUELCH SQUELCH!); and a swirling whirling snowstorm (HOOOO WOOOO!) - only to find a "real" bear waiting at the end of the trail!

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 month's favorite book Aug. 6 2006
By Peter
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful fun March 10 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars We're going on a bear hunt again and again! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids they all loved it... Feb. 22 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'VE GOT TO GO THROUGH IT ! Nov. 29 2000
Format:Board book
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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5.0 out of 5 stars We're Not Scared! Jan. 22 2000
By P. D.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really good child's book, very enjoyable story, hard back cover is a must.....
Published 1 month ago by Karl Towler
4.0 out of 5 stars a good launching point for the repeat-after-me song version
I wanted this text to follow the song more closely. Children want to sing it. But still, a good launching point for the repeat-after-me song version.
Published 2 months ago by Northern Exposure
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favourites!
My 3 year old and 1.5 year old love this book, as do I, and we read it all the time. Great rhythm to the story and a catchy verse.
Published 9 months ago by Lindsay Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars We're going on a bear hunt
I loved this book, however I was watching an episode of Dora the Explorer with my daughter today and heard something familiar. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
It's a terrific book for kids of all ages. Every page offers an opportunity for interactive play for adult and child.
Published 21 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars great version of old camp story
I just got this book for my grandchildren and was very pleased with it. It is a great version of the old camp story that we often tell. Read more
Published on May 13 2011 by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied customers. Thank you!
I ordered this book from the UK for my nephew in Canada. The transaction went smoothly and the recipient is very pleased ^_^ Thank you!
Published on Feb. 1 2010 by N. Tischler
5.0 out of 5 stars You Never Get Tired of It
This is such a good book. It is both fun and educational. It really puts the reader into the story and teaches a thing or two along the way.
Published on May 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rhythm !
There aren't very many words in this book, but it is a GREAT story. I bought it for my husband who is a professional storyteller. Read more
Published on March 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars We're Going On A Bear Hunt is highly educational!
This book was first introduced to me as a preschool teacher at a private preschool in Maryland. It was highly successful with ages 2-4, teaching the early principles of... Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by suzanne western
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