Were Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael RosenWere going on a bear hunt.
Were going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
Were not scared.
Bear Hunt, beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, is the British childrens book author Rosens most popular book, this Vietnamese edition one of the (more than, now?) fifteen dual language ones.
A family of five (with a dog) embarks on a bear hunt, (without weapons). At first you can see this is just a family outing, its all in fun, its about spending a day in nature pretending they are going on a bear hunt, and Dad is all smiles, but as we proceed from the sea though the meadow, across a river and into the dark woods, Dad is more serious, thats a kind of subtle key.
And then theres a blinding snowstorm they just have to get through and it appears somewhat like an allegory of a life together, from joys through challenges, if not quite (yet) sorrows (See Michael Rosens Sad Book for that), and then they actually proceed into a dark cave to find a sleeping bear?! What can they do? Obviously they must run home, back (to review together, children, what we have read) through every landscape we have been through to get there, and safe in bed--lock the door!--and commit to never doing anything so foolish again! But I would go with them, again and again! Lovely.
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The picture story has been a British favourites for decades, but who wrote it and what are the song lyrics? Here's what you need to know Since then, it's won scores of awards, including the Guiness World Record for the 'largest reading lesson' - with 1, kids in attendance, and a further 30, online listeners, in The book tells the story of five kids and their dog who go on a bear hunt - before running away scared when they actually meet one in his cave. It's a British book, but was adapted from an American folk song - and has been printed every year since its original publication. What a beautiful day!
I have two super-excited children. In the classroom, Isaac is most taken by Fluff the Farting Fish. Throughout his career, Rosen has inspired children and adults to fall in love with reading. He is well known for his stinging criticism of government education policy, in particular the reforms brought in by former Education Secretary Michael Gove. As a parent of a five-year-old undergoing spelling tests every week — brought in under Gove — I ask what I can do to ensure my daughter retains a sense of wonder about learning. Do we want to live in a society like China? He says comparing different education systems makes no sense at all.
Michael Rosen has taken an old children's rhyme, and turned it into a picture book for young children, with watercolour illustrations by Helen Oxenbury. On each page the family have to overcome different obstacles they come across in order to continue their hunt. As the family encounter each obstacle, they describe it by using sensory descriptions such as; long, wavy grass, a deep, cold river, thick, oozy mud, a big, dark forest, a swirling, whirling snowstorms, and a narrow, gloomy cave. By using a range of descriptive vocabulary, the reader can imagine themselves on the hunt. Within this book there is a transition between two genres. At first the genre is fiction the family going on an adventure is plausible.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt