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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
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"Months of hunting fun"
5 stars"
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We bought this book for my 1 year old, mainly because he was a big fan of the Croc Hunt spin off. He's now closer to 2 and he still loves this book. If you view the YouTube reading of the book, one of the author's really gets into it and you'll get a better feel for the beat and where to put your emphasis. Even without that, it's still an entertaining book with lots of noises and lots of fun.

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"Great childs book"
5 stars"
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A most popular book with our grandson


Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest.

Children will delight in the repeated phrases and onomatopoeic words. Perfect to read aloud.
Winner of the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 1989, Highly Commended for the Kate Greenway medal 1988 (picture book).


"A dramatic and comic masterpiece... Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic," The Independent on Sunday.

"A father and his four children--a toddler, a preschool boy and two older girls--go on the traditional bear hunt based on the old camp chant: ``We're going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We're not scared. / Oh-oh! Grass! / Long, wavy grass. / We can't go over it. / We can't go under it. / Oh, no! / We've got to go through it!'' The family skids down a grassy slope, swishes across a river, sludges through mud and, of course, finally sees the bear, who chases them all back to their home. It's a fantastic journey--was it real or imagined---with the family's actions (and interaction) adding to the trip a goodnatured, jolly mood...the ease with which the text can be shouted aloud make this ideal for families or groups to share." Publishers Weekly

About the author

Michael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet and performer. He received the Eleanor onomatopeaic Award for services to children’s literature in 1997.

About the illustrator

Helen Oxenbury is one of the most popular illustrators of our time. Her awardwinning books include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Farmer Duck.
Release date NZ
September 16th, 1993
  • Preschool (0-5)
  • Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Walker Books Ltd
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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