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We're Going on a Bear Hunt Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 1 user ratings
ISBN:0689504764
LANGUAGE:English

"This book is, without a doubt, my childhood summed up.

It does not matter how old I get I can still quote the book. Admittedly I get the order of their adventure mixed up, but I can still tell you what happens. I’m sure that when I’m in my eighties I will still be able to recite the book – such is the impact of it.

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. We’re not scared.

How can you not love the book? I hope for generations to come children will continue to enjoy this little gem of a story.
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"'We're Going On a Bear Hunt'by Michael Rosen, practically sums up my reading experience in primary school. This 'join all in' picture book, was read during a whole school assembly. i remember the excitement myself and the other children would feel when asked, " what are they going on?" And we would all shout out, really loudly "A BEAR HUNT!!!".

This happy go lucky picture book, allows the children to run free with their imagination. the use of onomatopoeia words, help the children use their senses to decipher the different types of sounds. the cleverly use of repetition, allows the children to familiarise themselves with what is being read and understand the concept of the story; to have fun and explore, even though it might seem daunting, go for it ...

the illustrations, easily tell the story, without the need of words, which is brilliant and means that this book adapts to the different learning capabilities of different children.

i would recommend this book to everyone and anyone, such a great read.

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"I was lucky enough to meet the great children's author Michael Rosen when my own children were young. They loved his books and they opened up a world of adventure for them.

We're going on a bear hunt, is one of many books written by Michael Rosen. The illustrations by Helen Oxenbury are a mixture of black and white as well as colour images. These encourage children to use their own imagination to fill in the details of the settings.

It tells the audience of an exciting adventure taken by a family to find an elusive bear. The family experience a range of environments which allows the family to explore the environment and overcome the obstacles. The book also introduces emotions through fear.

This book has a high use of alliteration and repetition. This allows the reader or the audience to predict what may be coming next. This book also allows children to act out scenes which gives them physical actions to re-enforce what they are reading or listening to. It also allows for simple signing to be introduced into children's vocabulary to support their learning and inclusive approaches which are adopted by many schools. This book encourages children to sequence events and reverse the sequence of events. It allows for many additional activities based around the text to promote the comprehension of the story, such as Drama (through re-enactment), Art (creating the environments), Numeracy (through sequencing), Literacy (through the reading, writing, signing and discussion around the text), Science (through experiencing the different environments), PSHE (through exploring feelings) and many more.

This book is appropriate as a group reader for early years children (3-4 years) right through to an independent reader of around 7 years, depending on the ability and comprehension of the individual child.

No key stage one or two class should be without a copy of this book.
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"I hesitated to write a review on this book, because it has been overtly read in the Early Years Foundation Stage, so I didn’t want to write a review on something that people had read many times before, and reviewed many times before.

For the number of people that have read this book, and I believe it is many, I steered away from writing a review, just for the sake of writing a review, (because that isn’t the point of this exercise, and that would be rather idle, and not very thought provoking!). I want to share and lend powerful ideas that I get from books I have read with pupils in the early years that can inspire people - they can in return inspire other young individuals. I was therefore very adamant that I would not review this book, until last week when I changed my mind. Keep reading to find out why...

I am writing a review, but with a twist. I am reviewing, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, but in French. ‘We're going on a Bear Hunt’, translates to ‘La chasse à l’ours’. We read this book with a year one class in English first, and then we read it in French.
Reading in another language has never been so much fun. Learning languages in the EYFS is about creating a notion of familiarity. Even though the pupils cannot understand the words, they know what is going on in the story. After reading the entire story in French, I really thought the fact that you can utilise this book to teach a French lesson shows the versatility of it. As the majority of us know, the book is about the whole experience of the bear hunt, and the actions/sounds that you can make with the children. Being silly and funny is what makes this so engaging. Learning another language is all about the context; Setting the context so that there is something about it that is familiar to the pupils reading it. Wavy grass (SWISHY SWISHY!); swampy mud (SQUELCH SQUELCH!); are absolutely brilliant in French.

I think this would be a great book for teaching a French lesson. It is a quick and fun read in both languages. It is important to read it in English first to re-familiarise them with it, then get everyone to stand up and read it in French whilst doing the actions. For anyone teaching a French lesson, and many newly qualified teachers will be, keep this one in your tool book.
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" I remember reading this to my kids. Loved it. I need to find it at the library and relive good times! " said.

"I remembered this book from when my daughter was young. In fact my son quoted it back to me recently, so obviously it struck a chord in his memory too. This book is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. For a book to be around for 25 years it has to have a lot going for it. For this reader the attraction is the catchy rhyme and the repetition of we’re not scared as well as repetition of the other repeated phrases about not being able to go over it or under it but have to go through it.

So the family encounters various obstacles in their way which they have to go through on their bear hunt, including long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thick oozy mud, and so on. The rhythm and rhyme are highly effective. I particularly liked the swirling whirling snowstorm. The result when the family finds the bear is as you would expect. They hurriedly run back home. I don’t feel I am giving away the plot here because I am sure most people are familiar with this book. It’s been a staple in childhoods for a lot of years.

I expected to love this book as it brought back memories and I still love the text. The illustrations left no lasting impression on me from years ago. That may well be because I am a word person and not a visual person. Sadly to me the illustrations didn’t hold up well after 25 years. bear hunt

For me it is the portrayal of the human characters that were the let down. I realise others may not agree with me on this but I found the illustrations too old fashioned. The one exception is the last page showing the dejection of the bear. That is a beauty.


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"Tips on sharing this as a read-aloud with a group...

I begin my story times with this chant:
Hello everybody let’s clap our hands, clap our hands, clap our hands.
Hello everybody, let’s clap our hands, clap our hands today.
… (begin with clapping hands, slap knees, --as many actions as needed to create energy and get everyone together— end today with “fasten our seatbelts” & “start the engine” & “say, “Are we there yet?”.

• Begin by saying, “Do you know where we drove?” Open to the first double-page spread which depicts the beach.
• Ask, “What shall we do here?” After a few responses turn to the title page and run your finger under the title. Invite them to go on a Bear Hunt.
• Whenever the text says “We can’t go over it”, etc. ask instead, “Can we go over it?” and shake your head while everyone says “no!”, etc. This involves the group and pulls them into the drama.
• When you get to the end where it says “one shiny wet nose” touch your nose without saying “nose” and wait ‘til the group says “nose”. Do the same for the ears and eyes.
• When the story is finished ask, how else can we go on vacation?
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"This is a perfect mix of rhyme and repetition, with a good measure of suspense thrown in.
Even better is the ease with which this can be read and performed; you can walk around and have fun with it, and this is exactly what we need in my household. I used this book as part of my storytime assessment at TAFE. Throw on a hat and a pair of binoculars and we were off! It's a great book to engage with youngsters and hopefully start off with a life long learning of books. Reading is meant to be fun and this is a perfect example! Go for it if you've got some youngsters nearby.
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