Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We're Going on a Bear Hunt By: Michael Rosen Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

This is a delightful adventure book that young children will love.  It starts with the Father taking his children through the various places in a journey to find a bear.  This book takes you on a journey with the family that goes through the grass, mud, river, woods and a cave to look for a bear. Your children will be engaged with this pop-up edition the whole way through.  They'll be excited to see what happens on each page.  Michael Rosen does a good job of capturing your imagination as you read the book.  The illustrations also are of good quality and original.

POSITIVE  This is a great book for a father to read to his children.  The family always helps each other out and sticks together as they figure out how to get out of the trouble they are in.  It shows unity and a sense of togetherness.

EDUCATIONAL  Due to the repetition in the book this is an excellent book for children first starting to read.  It encourages them to remember the words.  The illustrations are reminiscint of Roald Dahl's books.   
ACTIVITY:  After reading the book you and your child can go on your own adventure through a local forest preserve or garden trying to find a plant or animal.  They can then write a book about their adventure.

Please share your thoughts or activities that you would do with this book.


  1. My kids love this book! It's fun acting out the story and even repeating it when you visit the woods or go on a outdoor picnic during the summer. My kids remember each and every word!

  2. I'm using this as my first homeschooling lesson. =) A few other activities: hide teddy bears throughout the house and "hunt" them, have teddy grahams for snack time, create a lapbook on a "bear" theme.

  3. Thanks for the comments! Those are great ideas.