Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
From the publisher:
Go on a bear hunt and do the actions with this award-winning picture book classic.Long before Rosen wrote this book, kids in schools were chanting and echoing “Let’s Go on a Bear Hunt”. Rosen has given it a new slant, adding some characters who think they’re brave, lots of lovely sound words, tension and a great rhythm.
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.
Oxenbury has given real variety to the illustrations, with some in sketchy black and white and others in mellow colour. The format of the illustrations changes on the family’s run from the bear - instead of full page spreads, we get multiple long panels helping us read really fast!
Children will love We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; to read, to share with an adult, and to perform. Cumulative stories like this are excellent for helping children memorise text, that all-important step on the journey to real reading. I have three-year-olds in my Storytime at the Library sessions who are practically word perfect when reciting the text - and wow, can they recite it with passion, panache and
Do watch the video below to see Michael Rosen himself performing the book on YouTube.
See Helen and Michael discuss the book and its creation.
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