We're Going on a Bear Hunt

by Helen Oxenbury

Other authorsMichael Rosen (Author)
Board book, 1997

Call number




Little Simon (1997), Edition: 4th ptg., 36 pages


Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

User reviews

LibraryThing member kcollett
"What a beautiful day!" still evokes the response "We're not scared!" Oxenbury's Baby Board Books are good, too.
LibraryThing member conuly
This is apparently a classic camp song - not one I ever heard growing up, though.

My nieces request this book a *minimum* of once a week (and usually, once they request it, they want me to read it over and over again to boot!), and we love it every time. Then they often want me to help them reenact
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the story - I'll be the bear, then they'll be the bear, then the teddy bear will be the bear....

If you're paying attention as you read it, you can even see the various members of the family change their mood as the story goes on and they get hit with various forms of minor disasters.
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LibraryThing member benware
This is a great book for young children. A family decides to go on a bear hunt. They have to trek through the long grass, over mud, through a river and a snowstorm and they finally reach the cave where the bear lives. This book has a lot of repetition and you will find your children reading the
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book along with you.
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LibraryThing member kshielee
This is something that a family could realistically do, although they probably would not. The children can easily relate to what is going on in the story and will enjoy the various sounds of the places they travel and the repetition in the story. The characters in this story are not well developed.
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We do not even find out the names of the characters. There are five members in the family, but we do not know anything about them other than they are going on a bear hunt.
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LibraryThing member enagreen
I remember this story from when I was young. A family friend of ours used to tell it to all of us kids as we gathered around in the living room. We did hand motions and sound effects and everything. I just found out today that it is actually a book, and now I think it should be part of every early
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childhood teacher's library.
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LibraryThing member r13
This is a wonderful example of rhythm and onomatopoeia. It is fun to read and even more fun to act out!
LibraryThing member clong
A favorite for all three of our kids (our family hardback has finally pretty much fallen apart), this book offers multiple layers of contrast: repeated phrases vs. new content, easy vocabulary vs. fun nonsense sounds, mock-scary vs. cozy/comfortable, and black-and-white vs. color illustrations. Not
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to mention an opportunity for an over-the-top, frenetic reading of the last few pages.
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LibraryThing member cmiersma
Summary: This is the typical “bear hunt” that many adults go on with young children, except with words and pictures already laid out for the leader. This story includes an entire family searching for a bear by going through forests, rivers, mud, and all the classic obstacles that are included
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in the “Going on a Bear Hunt” song.
Critique: This fiction story shows a family searching and finding a bear who then chases the family back to their house. This story could be included in realistic fiction because all the incidences in the story could possible happen, but is not considered an activity that humans normally do. This story does include an engaging theme that includes all elements of a good plot, including action, conflict, and resolution.
Teacher Use: A teacher could use this book with a young group of children who may not have ever heard the “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” song. The teacher could being reading the story with the tune of the song, teaching the children the song, while showing them the pictures of what it would look like to go through all the actions of a bear hunt.
Media: Watercolo
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LibraryThing member chelsiking
If you have gone to camp, you will love this book! This is the book to the camp song, "Going On a Bear Hunt" that is interactive & fun for any one to participate in! This is a very humorous & fun book to read, especially aloud!
LibraryThing member hoosgracie
Fun version of the song of a family going on a bear hunt. Beautiful illustrations.
LibraryThing member thornton37814
I purchased this because I remembered the poem and motions from church camp when I was growing up; however, some of the adventures on the way were a little different than the ones I remembered so I have to say that I was a bit disappointed--not disappointed enough to have not purchased the book,
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but still wishing that it was the same as the one I'd learned in my younger days.
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LibraryThing member Bookwormeater
I have a friend who is 3 and loves this book. There is a lot of words that make sounds for example squelch squerch. This book is very exciting. The repetition is "you can't go over it, you can't go under it, you can't go around it, you got to go through it." Things like mud, river, and forest are
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among those things that you have to go through it. Great read-aloud.
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LibraryThing member aswideman
This book is a just a cute book about hunting bears that will entertain a class of students.
LibraryThing member jcraft
We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic children's adventure book. It tells about going on an adventure and crossing many obstacles only to find a bear. It has spawned many renditions such as the song.
LibraryThing member LDGardner
Two children set off on a bear hunt with their father. Along the way, they discover many obstacles: long grass, a deep river, thick mud, a dark forest, a whirling snowstorm, and a gloomy cave. As they come to each obstacle, they realize that they can't go under it or over it, so they must go
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through it. In the cave, they meet up with the bear, and when they realize what they're up against, they run back home, retracing their long path. They lock the bear out of the house, hide under the covers, and decide never to go on a bear hunt again!
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LibraryThing member anncampbell
Wonderfull illustrations of a father and his children who leave home to go on a bear hunt. The family crosses through a field of grass, wade through a deep cold river, muddy swamp, deep dark forest, a snowstorm, and enter into a gloomy cave. It is nice to see a story about a father interacting with
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his family. The results are hilarious when they finally meet the bear.
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LibraryThing member jscheper
This is a picture book based on the old poem or chant. A family of 5 and their dog, go on a bear hunt hoping to catch a big one. They go through grass, through a river, mud, and a forest to find a bear. Once they find the bear they run back all through their obstacles.

This is a great visual book
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of a chant I use when I'm hiking. I loved doing this chant with hand movements when I was a child and this would be a great addition to the fun activity. The illustrations are very full and the family looks very playful. The observation of the obstacle in drawn in black and white and the color comes in when they go through or around the obstacle. A great addition for a classroom or a personal library.
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LibraryThing member tpedroza
A tale of travel and adventure. This family sets out through the grass, through the forest, and through the stream until they come upon a cave. Are they really going to find a bear in this cave? You betcha! The journey home is a lot quicker, and everyone snuggles tightly together once they reach
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their cozy bed and lock the door.
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LibraryThing member Melissa32091
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a great book for young children and can be used in early education. This book is very interactive for the teacher, parent, and students. It can be used to help children predict what is going to happen next through illustrations. Children can also easily remember this
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book and with the compatible CD can sing along. This also can be helpful for teachers because it can be used easily in lesson plans. It can adapt differently for every classroom and is very fun for everyone.
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LibraryThing member slovepb
Fantastic illsutrations to this classic action/rhyme. I love the sad bear at the end leaving without anyone to play with.
LibraryThing member ssajj
Three young children and their parents find various obstacles when they go on a bear hunt including: “long wavy grass”, “a deep cold river”, “thick oozy mud”, “a big dark forest”, and a “swirling whirling snowstorm.” At each obstacle they realize that they that they “can't go
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under it”, “can’t go over it”, so “got to through it.” They do not let these obstacles upset them but always keep a positive attitude. Finally in the cave where the bear is lurking, they change their mind about their bear hunt and hurriedly retrace their steps back to their home. This is a wonderful rhyming book and would make a great Read Aloud.
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LibraryThing member jkessluk
A great book to read to a young classroom as the lyrics have a nice rhythm to it. A family goes on a Journey to hunt for a bear and come across a quite large amount of obstacles, but once they get close.... well it is quite scary to come across a bear!
LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
Awesome read aloud-needs to be perfected-classic
LibraryThing member ReadAloudDenver
It would be a lot of fun to have the kids stand up and pretend like they're "splash splosh"ing through a river, "squelch squerch"ing through the mud and "tiptoe tiptoe"ing through the cave in slow, exaggerated movements while saying the sounds. Acting out words is kind of like physical phonological
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awareness. And then, it would be so fun to act out the last part of the book in a rushed way, "stumble trip"ing through the forest, "swish swash"ing through the grass and then jumping under the covers.
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LibraryThing member BNBHarper
Summary: This phrase is continually repeated throughout the book, "we cant go over it, we cant go under it, we must go through it". A family goes on a bear hunt through long grass, mud, water and a snowstorm. They finally see a bear which scares them. They run back home and hide under their duvet
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cover. Response: What a cute and fun book! It reminded me of when I was in Campfire. I think we used to sing something like this. Connection: Read Aloud; Discuss what the students do in the outdoors with their families; fun way to learn over, under, and through also.
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