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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Snow Globe Edition Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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About the Author
Helen Oxenbury is a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and a celebrated illustrator of many well-loved books, including Charley’s First Night and When Charley Met Grampa, both by Amy Hest, Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, and There’s Going to Be a Baby by John Burningham. She was named the 2015 Carle Honors Artist Honoree. Helen Oxenbury lives in London.
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Very disappointed to receive this book with several missing pages! My son enjoys this book at school, and I thought it would be a nice surprise for him while he’s home during our statewide COVID-19 lockdown. We sat down to read the book and were so bummed when the story ended abruptly due to missing pages. I’m not going to even try to reorder this book, will be looking to purchase others to keep us occupied.
My 6-year-old can read it on her own, but I will sometimes sit with her and my 4-year old, and we will take turns saying parts of it since it is so easy to memorize. Sometimes they will act it out as well.
There is also a cartoon on Amazon Prime that brings the illustrations and story to "life", so I recommend checking that out.
More recently, I gave a copy as a gift with a small teddy bear, and it was well received.
You really can't go wrong with this one.
For those that said that the story is boring...we do a lot of hand motions to make it fun and they LOVE it. We clap to the beat. We stomp through the “mud” and we pretend to splash our feet through “the river”. We fall down through “the forest” and we always end the book by covering our heads with a blanket like we are hiding from a bear.
The storyline of “hunting a bear” doesn’t bother me. It’s a story about a family going for a walk while pretending to hunt for (look for) a bear, not expecting to find one. They’re not trying to literally hunt down a bear. When they do accidentally find a bear the family in the story run back through the terrain they’ve just come through. For my kids, that means we get to stomp, fall over, splash, etc all over again, but quickly the second time through as the family in the story runs home. All 4 of my kids have loved it from about age 2 on up. It’s a fun story if you use your imagination and make it fun.
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But you know, these people have probably never had a decent bowl of porridge in their lives.
I bought this after seeing the animation version of the story on TV and I was reminded just how lovely and fun the story is. My daughter loves hearing the splishy, sploshy, and the squelch, squeeze in the story. I’m in the process of making a story sack for the book to engage her further. It’s a fun story and one that will continue to be loved for years to come.
On their way to catch the bear they find a number of obstacles (long wavy grass, squelchy mud, dark forest, swirling snow storm and dark gloomy cave) and they can’t “Go over It, Can’t go under it, Oh NO! they got to go through it“. Finally, the family reached to the cave where they find the bear, they got scared and ran back home, which wasn’t even easy as they had to face all those obstacles again.
The book can also be sung like a song and children just love it as well.
Watch Michael Rosen performing "We are going on a bear hunt" on YouTube!
I also like that the sounds seem to cause my Niece & Nephew to mimic me and pronounce the sounds too,
Very educational and fun 5/5
Slightly repetitive as the title was repeated through out the book
I’m not too sure it’s advisable to actually go on a bear hunt. The family ended up in a bit of a predicament.
Over all a good read....