We're Going on a Bear Hunt (book and CD)
Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Walker Books
A great audio-visual pack which comprises a book and a CD. With fun actions and repetitive rhyming text, this awardwinning classic is particularly good for sharing with several children together, but guaranteed to be loved by any child.
Waterstones Children's Laureate from 2007 to 2009
Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures not only in the children's book world but also the British arts scene. His first book of children's poems was published in 1974, and he has gone on to write numerous award winning children's poetry books, picture books and non-fiction, such as Quick, Let's Get Out of Here and We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
Alongside this he performs, teaches, lectures, presents Word of Mouth on Radio 4 and reviews books for the Guardian. In 2007, Michael was appointed the fifth Children's Laureate: a role he used to become an 'ambassador of fun'.
Helen Oxenbury was born in Ipswich and attended the Ipswich School of Art before moving to London to study at the Central School of Art and Design. Her career has spanned many fields, including design work in theatre, film and television. She started illustrating children’s books in 1964 and has published books across age groups, from classic board books for babies to collections of nursery rhymes for all ages.
Oxenbury is a two-time winner and four-time runner up for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She first won in 1969, when the two books cited were The Quangle Wangle's Hat, an edition of Edward Lear's 19th-century poem, and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family, a new story by Margaret Mahy. She won again in 1999 for her illustrated edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. For the 50th anniversary of the Medal in 2007, Oxenbury’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was named by a panel as one of the top ten winning works of all time. Along with her husband John Burningham, Helen won the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Sharing rhymes with very young children helps them become familiar with the patterns of language and helps them develop their understanding of how language works.
Sharing books together can have many benefits - helping concentration, coordination, language development, interaction and communication skills, for example.
What you thought...
We love this book and know it off by heart 😊 We really get involved acting it out and making different sounds
Hayley+Jacob, 23 May 2017
Me and my son absolutely LOVE this! He literally know this story off by heart. He loves the facts that it rhymes and the sound effects throughout the story! We even have the board game and dvd for this,
Riley, 02 May 2017
We love doing the actions and sounds as the characters progress on their adventure. The illustrations are a bit too old for my 6 month old.
Long stockings, 27 April 2017
The kiddies love joining in with the movements and noises on the families journey. They like it towards the end as they are running back home.
Long stockings, 24 April 2017
My 2-year-old daughter loves this book, often saying the next bit before we have reached it. She loves doing the actions along side it.
Sara27, 07 December 2016
Lovely book, fun to read as an adult. Enjoyable for children. One that is adaptable for games.
E.W.M., 02 December 2016
Always has my little girl acting out the different stages of the bear hunt. A family favourite in our house.
LillysMummy, 11 November 2016
Jayden enjoyed reading this book even more so with the CD reading along with him. Great idea having the CD that matches word for word.
natalia, 11 November 2015
My son amd nieces love this book. They makes all the noises and actions together. They knew the story from nursery so they made it into a game.
stanleyandmummy, 11 January 2015
Read this one at the library and loved it.
JDPD, 25 March 2014
I knew this story as a child, and now my son loves this book to as you can act it out together and it's grate at bed time if you read it on the sofa and run to bed.
Yummymummy1979, 16 July 2013
My 3 year old daughter totally loves this book!! Sometimes we read the book and do sound effects, sometimes we act it out and other times we read along to the cd or just play the cd. It's so much fun!! We also sing the "we can't go under it" etc bits for other things, such as when my daughter asks how we get to something, i'll say "we can't go under it" she'll sing the rest then we work out how we will get there. Brilliant :)
Dizzydonuts, 09 July 2012
A family classic! All the children love this! Even our nearly 11 year old! One for the Bookcase!
bobobunny, 31 May 2012
This is a firm favourite of both mine and my 2 year old boys. There's so many activities you can find to do surrounding this story online and so we've done a lot of work with it - story telling, acting, crafts, singing, rhyme. There's just so much you can do with it. Brilliant!
Kelly, 27 April 2012
My daughter and her friends at her toddler group love this story, so much so we acted it out last term with tissue paper grass, shaving foam snow and a makeshift cave!
EviesMumma, 26 March 2012
What a brilliant book! I first saw Michael Rosen perform this book on Youtube and couldn't wait to get hold of it. My daughter, who is 8 months old, absolutely loves hearing this book. It is cleverly written with a natural rhymn so you are chanting "Were going on a bear hunt..." and you become so animated with the sounds throughout the story "swishy swashy", ""splash splosh" that I am guaranteed lots of smiles and laughter.
Littleone, 19 January 2012
My little boy who is three loves the book, but is terrified of the cd. He sees it and starts crying and screaming. The book he adores as we act it out and make all the noises and hide under a blanket laughing and giggling at the end. A brilliant book.
Pen, 23 November 2011
I read this book to my daughter when she was in her mum's belly and since. Its got great swishy swashy sounds that really let you play with sounds. Beautiful imagery too, especially the last page.
MrPaul, 05 October 2011
A firm favourite in our house – keeps R's attention time and time again.
RoRo, 13 June 2011