We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
- This is the perfect book to read aloud
- There are lots of swishy swashy actions to join in with!
- It's a story of real drama, magically presented
Publisher: Walker Books
'My son loves the chase at the end...'
I have read this book so many times I know it by heart-my 2 year old son can not wait until the bear appears and loves the chase scenes at the end and the last page when the bear is seen trudging back to his cave. We do the various actions as the family travel across different hazards in their search for the bear.
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My mum read this book to me and we were also able to see this book turned into a theatre show. It was great and I enjoyed the part when the bear reaches the house but can't get in. Joanne now knows this story word for word and reads it with me over and over again night after night.
This book is brilliant. My 3 1/2 year old Connor Loves it. He knows every word and gets really excited when reading it. Its also inspired him to go on walks more as he likes to go on his own Bear hunt, making up stories with what when find around us in the woods/coastal paths/beach :D .
We read it every night at bed time - in fact we have to read the part where the bear is chasing us again and again!! Leah just loves it, especially when the bear reaches the door - GGGRRRR!!
We love this book as it's really fast paced and you get drawn into the action.(we do the actions as we go too.) We all end up hyper after reading this. Ryan feels really sorry for the bear at the end and wishes we could go to give it a cuddle.
This is such a fantastic book and has really engaged my 2 year son. He loves the rhyming style and has 'oh no' and 'two big eyes' off to a fine art. I often see him acting out the bear hunt. I think this will be a long time favourite.
This book is a classic for a good reason, it is easy to read and the noises are great as well as the change of pace. My son always get very excited when the bear appears and laughs at the squelchy mud.
I adore this book- my mother read it to me when I was a child, and I have now bought the pop-up version of it and have been reading it to my 6 month old! Without a doubt we will be reading it for many years to come, as it is a classic, and I love to sing it with all the hand movements that I learnt when I went to nursery!
My 8 month old enjoys this story - particularly the sounds - swish swish! I like the idea of everyone hiding in the bed at the end - including the dog :-)
i have first seen reading this book in a bookstart session. they were really great - the way they tell the story using the voices and facial expressions. i have started doing that . my daughter varada now know that story by heart thanks
Louis loves this story and it has become a firm favourite at bed time. He loves to join in with the sound effects and actions and can now recite most of story! Definitely a 5 star book in our house.
I started reading this book to my son Ollie when he was still a baby,now I thoroughly enjoy listening to him read it to me.We even recite it with actions when we go for walks through the forest!Great story.
Harriet loves this book and likes to shout oh no in each area. We know it off by heart and recite it when we are out on dog walks looking for a bear in the fields and hedgerows of Bedfordshire.
My three and a half year old loves this book, we love all the sounds and we have bear hunts in the garden and in the woods now when we go out!
This is the perfect book to read aloud as we get to use lots of different voices and facial expressions which really excites my son. The writing is so beautiful and there is a great rhythm to the tale. A real favourite.
This is a favorite of my 2 year old daughter its easy and fun to read and she loves joining in reading which she found easy with the repetition and actions we made up.
I read this to Maggie at bedtime, we love doing all the actions and Maggie gets really excited, she does get a bit sad about bear being on his own at the end but I just say he's off home to mummy and daddy :o)
This is a fabulous book with lots of different sounds. We came across this in a pack of ten books and had never heard of it before but our 10 month old loves it. Brilliant adventure for little explorers!
My 15 month old hasn't got the patience for the entire book yet, but he does enjoy the pictures and the "swish swish" sounds. I will certainly be reading this through the years to him.
i read this book with my brothers and both my children. such a fun book to do with any child of any age as you can make it so exciting. my eldest daughters play group sang We're going on a bear hunt.
My 16 months old son loves this book esp when it comes to the fast motions of running away from the bear. It puts a smile on his face before bed.
My son has just turned 1year and I thought this would be too long for him, but he absolutely loves it! Sits patiently listening and shouts "cat" when we get to the bear (and I correct him!).... Lovely innocent. Fun book to read and they'll remember. Must read recommendation. Xx
We love this book. When I was younger I did some work in nurseries and the children used to love sitting in a circle and joining in with the noises. My mum read it to my younger brother and she reads it with the children she looks after so it was only natural that we bought it for my little boy. He is six months old now and he gets excited towards the end of the book when I speed up. The repetition is great for him and he recognises the sounds. We also think the illustrations are lovely too - he loves to look at them. The book is a perfect length for us for daytime stories.
Anton and I have been reading this book at the breakfast table for the past two weeks and he almost knows it by heart. His favourite bit is finding the bear but he looses interest after the hunt is over!
We love this book!! We often hide Joseph's teddy and recreate the book in the living room hunting for teddy.
We didn't find that our son really enjoyed this book, perhaps he was a little too young when we first tried it with him at just over a year. He loves bears so the idea of hunting them and then being followed home by one doesn't really work for him! He loves rhymes and rhythms, but now he is older he tends to get a bit restless with all the repetition so we have chosen to read other books instead.
My Daughter Loves Doing All The Actions And Sounds To This Book It Is One Of Her Favorite Books
My 3yr old daughter loves this story. we have to read it to her every night. she likes it when they go through the grass. she has heard it that much she knows it word for word.
My 34 month old daughter loves this book. I hadn't read it to her because I thought it might be a bit scary but they read it at her nursery and she loves it. She likes shouting 'It's a bear!!'
This was a present my daughter received. She joins in the story and we are lucky to have an all action book so there are lots of tabs to create the swishy actions etc. we love it!
even though this book says its for toddlers i started reading this book to baby boy and he loved it and we did the voice to match each different part of the book and rekon this will become a family fav
This is such a fun book to read. There are so many sounds to make along the bear hunters' journey as they travel through long grass, sticky mud, and tricky forests.
Loved by all fun to read and the children join in too
Valentina loves this book.We've learnt it almost by heart now after reading it for I can't keep count of how many times! Val was introduced to this book at a Bookstart session here in Malta.
we really enjoyed reading this book together my son also read this book at nursery where they played out the different sounds that the mud grass etc made
this is one of our favourite books to read, lots of rhyming
My Children love me reading this book time after time,they never get bored of it.
My son has been read this book at nursery and ever since then, I have read it so many times, he does all the actions
both of my boys enjoy this book my eldest owen always brought this book home every week
Fabulous, fabulous book. I first came across it in my role as teacher - great book for in class. So I was so excited when my daughter turned out to love the story too. She helps herself to this book from the shelf regularly and loves the 'singsong' rhythm of the words. She also enjoys pointing out the dog and the baby on each page.
This is one of our all time favourites and can be re-enacted when we go walking across the fields too. he loves all the sound effects and actions that i make to accompany the singy-songy story, and we end up all snuggled under the duvet at the end.
My daughter, Beatrice (aged 5), said: 'I like it when the bear is chasing the family. I like it when they try and find the bear and they slam the door.'
We love a classic, and my 2 year old especially likes this book. Its a big hit with acting out the story as well, especially likes shouting "oh no" with the repetition.
My eldest who is now 3 loves this book and the rhyme with it she cant wait to see what happens next
I really love this book. I first came across it at the nursery when the staff were reading it to the children. Kaleb really had fun acting it out and thoroughly enjoys the story. The repetition encourages memory as well. We've also been to see the Michael Rosen exhibition in Stratford at Discover Children's Story Centre and watched the play version of this book at Stratford theatre.
A completely brilliant classic book! We love doing the noises together when we're reading, and often when we're out and about we'll find ourselves doing some "squelch squerch" noises through the mud. We did go through a phase when he was coming up to 2 years old, where it was a bit scary - we'd read up to the cave and then have to stop - but he is past that now.
Our toddler has got something different from this book at different stages - she enjoyed spotting the dog on each page at first, then she enjoyed the sounds and colours, now she loves the actions too! A good active read.
Lovely illustrations and the repetitive words make for an interesting read
We love this book it was one of mine all time favorite book as a child and now i have my son asking for it most nights.
My daughter really likes this book, I used different voices and she enjoyed looking at the pictures.
My two year old loves this and finds it so exciting
I liked this because they said they were going on a bear hunt and the bear caught them
I read this book with mummy at bedtime. I like that it repeats itself.
Listened to this book being read at my local library with the book start bear!
We borrowed it from the Children's Centre. The repetitive rhyme was appealing for him but the version we got had alternating colour and black and white pages. The black and white pages were dull to look at and got turned before I finished reading the page.
Great book for all ages. My 1 year old loves listening to all the noises I make while reading it. I myself loved this book as a child too.
Great story for children and adults to share.
Such a brilliant book, our little girls joins in with the oh oh's!
Me and my little girl have read this book together since she was a baby and she loves the sounds especially the squelch squelch of the mud :-)
My children loves this book, the book allows my children to get involved with action and different sound such as the speed of words in the end
my son loves this book and roars when he sees the bear
I bought this book about 5 years ago for my son and it was a firm favourite then. Now my daughter has claimed the book as her own and she absolutely loves it. We have read it so often that she knows the words by heart and there have been many a day trip which has been transformed into a bear hunt instead. Brilliant!!
Loved reading this book as a child so had to read It with my little one great afternoon read, we have actions to go with the sounds. so much fun :)
This is jamies favourite books. he knows this off by heart.
We love this book my daughter always tries to make the noises.
Love this book and so does my daughter! She will regularly ask for this book to be read and joins in and knows almost all of the words! ☺
My 3 year old son absolutely loves this book! It's a fun story to read and he remembers all the little rhymes in it. He always asks for it at bedtime and he reads it at preschool too. We have the CD in the car and my son always asks for us to play it when we are driving in the car. Fantastic book and I could recommend it to any age group!
This is a favorite of my 3 year old daughter, she has memorized some of the book and joins in reading it. Always fun to read.
Albie loves to read the book & likes all the sayings and gets excited towards the end when the bear tries to get them
My daughter loves this book as she loves doing the actions to it
My niece gave this to my son he likes the sounds think he is a little too young he got lost. He's 8weeks old so I think the shorter stories are better suited for now. Will be a lovely book when he is a little older.
I read this book each night before bed to my baby although he us not yet looking at the pages the repetitive descriptions will be having a real impact
Love this book! Always end up singing my words while reading it. My girls join in for most of it.
I love this book, i like the squelchy mud and when they jump into bed, but forget to shut the door. I think that is funny. I like to snuggle in bed just like the ending. - Felicity (5)
One of the best action story books - especially when reenacting in the woods or on the beach!
Really fun reading, my daughter loves this book. She's 12 months now and I've read it to her many times, still gives the same reaction each time!
I loved this as a child. Now I'm reading it to my two little ones makes me smile. They absolutely love this story, my son will tell me how he's out a ear hunt while we're out!
My daughter and I have shared this book at toddler group and at home. I love acting out this story: my daughter knows how much I enjoy it so watches bemused!
My son was 10 months old when we first shared this book. He was more interested in snatching the book and 'tasting' it so I let him have it while I acted out the story for him. He is now 12 months old and he actively participates in acting out the story by moving around, wriggling etc. He does not yet speak but he makes sure to utter 'uh-uh' at the right moment every time! It is one of the most rewarding experiences I had with him so far.
I have just returned home from at my local library's story time, and they shared We're Going on a Bear Hunt. All of the children loved taking part in the story. Fun for the parents to see that all the children too. We will be getting this to read at home
We got an excellent version with a DVD so we could read along. My daughter enjoyed hearing me make the noises as they went on their journey through the grass etc.
I have the Board book jigsaw version and the paper back version, this is such a fun book.
I've read to my son since birth and even though he is only 2 and a half months old he loves this book he will stare intensely at it especially as they go between black and white to colour and even move his head to watch me change the page :) I'm sure he will love this book for years to come just like I do
Cherylea loved all the different sounds and giggled a lot during this story. Perfect for baby story time
Good easy ready excellent repetition and sounds go well with instruments
We love this book and go on an adventure like the one in the story when we are out for a walk with our dog. My little girl loves to make the sound effects to go along with our adventure!
I adored this book as a child and love the fact I am now reading it to my eight month old daughter, who points at the pictures and squeals when I turn the pages.
I have been sharing this book with my son since he was a baby & he still loves it 2 years on. My mum used to read this to me when I was young so it has a special place in my heart! The sounds are great for young ones & now we bring the book to life by going on our own bear hunt in the park - squelching through the mud is our favourite!
A great book for spacial awareness (and sound effects!). We love the over, under and through - especially when it's a nice day and we can get outside to play in the long grass.
This book is great, i remember being read this when i was little in school. And now i love reading it to my 2 year old son, hes loves it and laughs at me when playing the roles of the characters. Highly reccomended
First heard about this book at playgroup and my little one loved it so went and got it. We do all the actions n even made our own bear hunt. Lovely book
Fantastic book really good for daisy imagination
Oh what a journey when we read this great book together as a family for the first time. We kept reading and turning the page wondering what was coming next? My son is really getting into these books now since he has just turned 2yrs. Great book from Michael Rosen as usual.
My son loved this book. We made up actions to go with the story to help tell it and he enjoys that part of the story especialy when we speed it up at the end.
This is such a fantastic book Abigail loves it so much.
this book is such a classic! I remember reading this book when I was little, can't wait to buy it and read it to my two daughters :):)
We love this book, we've acted it out at home, the children's centre and Callum has also done it at school. He has altered it to a dinosaur hunt as well.
This book is a firm favourite in our house. I read this to my one year old with lots of sounds and actions, he loves the swishing of the long grass. I'm sure this book will be read over and over again for a long time to come.
My little girl gets so excited when we read this... she tries to do all the actions as we read along. She finds the ending hilarious and does nothing but giggle when we hide under the covers from the bear. A great read for both of us!
My daughter loved to do all the actions, she was so interested in it that she made me read it again & again.