We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
I’m sure you have the song stuck in your head already just by reading the title! A timeless classic book and absolute must read to your kids.
The ABC are also showing an adaptation to a short 30min movie – see here.
“Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.”
Suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and young school age children.
What I love about this book
By far what I love most about this book is the sing-song style in which it was written. The repetition of phrases being similar to that of the chorus in a song “we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!” It really is a joyous read.
The illustrations are also beautiful. Oxenbury captures the sense of adventure through the use of alternating black-and-white and colour watercolour images. The illustrations are wonderfully detailed and really captures the imagination.
The powerful combination of language and illustration make this an extremely engaging book. I suspect this is why it has been such a popular book since its first publication in 1989.
The story is also a great aspect of the book – it is adventurous and engages all of the senses to draw you in.
Storytime Tips and Activities
- Try as best as possible to read the story uninterrupted to get the best effect from the sing-song language.
- Put on your storytime acting hat! This story is best read with lots of good intonation, sound effects, variations in volume and appropriately placed pauses.
- Get carried away with the story, but also take the time afterward to go through some of the illustrations with your child to further explain what the family is doing.
- You can use the story as a song to enact your own bear-hunt at home!