We are going on a Bear Hunt
By Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
A family decide to go on an exciting bear hunt, they cross several landscapes until they reach a cave which is home to a bear, just what they were looking for. How do they react?
For starters this book takes me back, it was one of my favourites. I love the way we are taking a trip with this family as they travel across multiple settings, including a river, a forest and mud. Repetition of the sentence below is used before approaching these scenarios, which acts as a chorus, as the family question how they will get through to the other end. And it goes (with a cheerful voice):
We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re going to catch a big one
What beautiful day!
We’re not scared
(I didn’t even need to book to memorise that, it’s just that catchy)
With each location there are some fun sounds to make, with swishy swashy for the long grass and splash splosh for the river, which does encourage toddlers to practice some sound making, but also some silly fun as the adult. The book comes to a chaotic close as the family discover the bear, and the tell themselves they will never go on a bear hunt anymore.
It’s a fun book to read and act out, with each scene I ask my two year old to point at the different family members, and to repeat the sounds (she even gets the rhythm of the ‘chorus’). Acting out the scenes is always fun, doing the movements along with the family.