bear hunt {what we're reading}

Sometimes you just can't beat an old favourite,
and this book never fails to raise a smile,
from mummy as much as the children.
This classic book with its repetitive sing-song text
is a never met with disappointment by any of us.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
is a visually stunning book, 
with stunning black and white, and colour paintings making up its pages.
The narrative is simple;
a family go on a hunt for a bear and encounter many things along their way.

Whenever we are out and about going for a walk
the beautiful boy will say we are going on a bear hunt,
and he will quote sections of the text too
and suggest things that we might see on our walk next.
He reads along with us when we read this book aloud
and always gets really excited about the colour pages,
when he gets to make silly noises.

It really is a beautiful book
and one which I have loved for a long time
and which I'm happy to say that my children love too.
I can't wait until the day that I can set up all the bear hunt adventures
as sensory play for them to enjoy.
I used to do this at some point each summer term when I was teaching
and the children always loved bringing the book to life.

We have a DVD with our version of the book
and it's a real little added bonus.
Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic book without this,
but it is nice to have an additional option.
Especially on those days when you have a toddler who would happily have you read it on repeat.

You can't beat a classic book
with beautiful pictures
and a simple text.
They are always the ones that children respond most to
and We're Going on a Bear Hunt is one of the very best.

Don't forget to go and visit Maggie Stone
to find out what Kelle and her kiddos have been reading.


  1. Evie absolutely loves this book, I bought it for her a few days ago and we have read it 3-4 times each day. She loves to day "uh oh" as we read it too. It is so wonderful to see little ones enjoying books

    Katie xx

    1. It's great when they join in, isn't it? I'm the same, I love to see kids enjoying books. x

  2. on our hols abroad recently, my youngest asked for a story. having forgotten to bring books we just lay in bed and recited this whole book together. we love it. x

    1. That's so cute. I think we can do the same. We can do The Gruffalo and The Gruffalos Child too. x

  3. I read this book and "Guess How Much I Love You" every night for about two years! Fond memories x

    1. Ahhh, that's sweet. That's another book on my list of favourite. x

  4. Oh Bear Hunt is such a gorgeous book! I love watching Kitty act it out as we walk around town, and it's our favourite game at the splash pool. I do love it if you could ever share some of the sensory activities - I know I'd have a more than willing volunteer to play along with me!

    1. It is a great one for acting out. It was always a firm favourite. I'll send you across some ideas with what we used to do. x

  5. I've never read this book before. It sounds like a great one to read so will add it to our wishlist :-) x

  6. A no ordinary “bear hunt” with many things to enjoy.This adventure book book of my old time favourites.Our little baby girl enjoys reading it over.


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