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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 (CBH Children / Picture Books)

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It's a classic children’s book, written in 1989 by Michael Rosen, and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. It’s a wonderful book about adventure and overcoming obstacles- a timeless classic for young children. The plot goes a little like this… Read the story aloud emphasising the rhythm and increasing the volume of your voice for the words in bold. Allow time to look at the pictures together and talk about them as you share the book. Join in Channel 4 first aired a half hour animated television adaptation on 24 December 2016 at 7:30 pm. It featured the voices of Olivia Colman, Mark Williams, Pam Ferris and Michael Rosen. [12] The Daily Telegraph, giving the programme three stars out of five, commented that "The whole thing was skilfully made, but ... did it need to take such a carefree story and cast a pall of gloom?". [13] However, The Guardian said that adaptation was "sumptuous", "prestigious" but that "The animation adds a dose of festive sadness." [12] It was released on DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on 14 June, 2017.

The book has been adapted as a stage play by director Sally Cookson with musical score by Benji Bower and design by Katie Sykes. The play has run in the West End and in provincial theatres. The ending of the performance has been changed so that there is a reconciliation between the family and the bear. [9] [10] Time Out magazine, who awarded four stars out of five, whilst describing the performers as "wonderfully entertaining" also said "those in the later primary years might find it a little boring – not an awful lot happens, after all." [11] Television adaptation [ edit ]Socially distanced neighbourhood bear hunts are taking off around the world". ABC News. 25 March 2020 . Retrieved 31 January 2021. Encourage your child to join in with the chorus ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and any parts of the text they remember. Make up actions together for the different parts of the story; eg swishing through long grass, squelching through mud and tiptoeing into the bear’s cave. Watch the story

Age 0-5 This beautiful picture book celebrated its 30 th anniversary in 2019. It’s based on a well known traditional rhyme regularlyperformed by Michael Rosen at live events which he then developed for the picturebook. Helen Oxenbury’s beautiful illustrations really add to the rhyme, transforming it into a family adventure. The rhythm and repetition make it great fun to tell and retell (or even sing!) with and without the book.

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In 2013, the novelists Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees wrote a parody of the book, called We're Going On A Bar Hunt, which was illustrated by Gillian Johnson in the style of the original and was published by Constable books and then republished by Little, Brown & Company. [14] "Bear hunts" [ edit ] Along with our wonderful activities to support your teaching of this book, we have a whole host of other collections to help you teach other children’s classics. I followed up the reading of this book with the class the following week when they were asked to act out in small groups what they could remember from the story. The fact that I had introduced actions to represent what the family in the story saw on their journey meant the children were able to confidently recall a lot of the story and really enjoyed acting it out.

The story was adapted from an American folk song; Rosen, who heard the song, incorporated it in his poetry shows and subsequently wrote the book based upon it. [2] Since publication, the book has never been out of print and each year has been in the 5,000 best selling books. [3] The publisher has stated that the book has attained worldwide sales of more than 9 million copies. [4] Awards [ edit ]

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Unlike the book, where the bear is mean and hostile, in the TV adaptation it is friendly and lonely, and merely chases the children only because of Rosie being friendly to it and wanting more.

Leonard, Robert (29 March 2020). "The Coronavirus Is Upending Life in Rural America, Too". The New York Times . Retrieved 29 March 2020. The book won the overall Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 1989 and also won the 0–5 years category. [5] In 1989 it was an 'Honor Book' in the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. [6] The book also won the ' School Library Journal Best Book of the Year' and the ' Mainichi Newspapers Japanese Picture Book Award, Outstanding Picture Book from Abroad' award. [7] It was highly commended for the 1989 Kate Greenaway Medal. [8] We’re going on a bear hunt. Uh-uh! A cave! We’re going to catch a big one. A narrow gloomy cave. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared. We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it! Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners". The Horn Book Magazine. 30 May 2011 . Retrieved 2 January 2017. We’re going on a bear hunt. Uh-uh! A river! We’re going to catch a big one. A deep cold river. What a beautiful day! We can’t go over it. We’re not scared. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!The eldest of the children (called Stanley “Stan” in the television adaptation) is sometimes mistaken by readers as being their father but is in fact the oldest brother and sibling. They are based on Oxenbury's own children. Likewise, the dog is modelled on an actual family pet. [2] Berenjacht' voor kinderen, door coronacrisis, populair in Nederland". Hart van Nederland . Retrieved 2 August 2020. Michael Rosen skilfully repeats some phrases and the use of onomatopoeia as the family experience each surrounding (‘splash splosh’, ‘squelch squerch’). This not only makes it appealing for young listeners, but interactive too, as it encourages them to join in.

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