Sunday, 27 April 2014

We're going on a bear hunt

Author                              : Michael Rosen
Illustrations by                    : Helen Oxenbury
Age range recommended  : Under 6s 
Theme                              : Adventure, Jungle, Rhythm, Bears

Opening lines –  
“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day. We’re not scared.” 

Introduction and Synopsis –
A family sets off on a bear hunt on a beautiful day. On the way, they explore different sounds, environs, weather conditions – snow storms, thick oozy mud, tall grassy land, a deep river, a dark forest and finally the cave of the bear. What happens when they finally come face to face with a huge, scary bear?? Read it yourself to discover how the bear hunt ends.

Why did my caterpillar and I like this book?
ME -
Read the book. Read it alone, if you can. You will find yourself singing it! It’s a perfect book for reading out aloud, even singing it with enactments and sound effects. It has adventure, alliterations, repetitions with charming text and beautiful illustrations alternating in colour and black and white. There is an element of fear in it, sure, but I believe it’s just the right amount, which is promptly quelled with the amusing end to the tale. Anyway, there is much more in the book to giggle upon and delight in.  

She loves to sing it. She is never done with just a single reading -  the repetitive text is enchanting. She loves the illustration of the little girl in the blue dress who walks with tippy-toes and a bounce. It paints a cheerful picture of a family's day out on a picnic or an adventure. And she’s quick and eager to warn the family of the open door in the end – she urges them to go back and shut the door, lest the bear should come in! :-)

Online link -
We found this link online which is terrific – your little one will never tire of it! 

Some information about the author – Michael Rosen was the fifth British Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009. The same is awarded in the UK every 2 years for outstanding achievement in the field of children’s literature. The illustrator, Helen Oxenbury has also won awards for the book.

The cocoon rates it -


Simple, amusing and entertaining. We recommend. 

1 comment:

  1. Ah! We love this book. The illustrations are fabulous as well