|We're Going on a Bear Hunt BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Rosen, Michael, Oxenbury, Helen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689815816 ISBN-13: 9780689815812
Publisher: Little Simon
OUR PRICE: $7.20
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: October 1997 Annotation: The bestselling picture book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" is now available as a board book. "A typically wonderful Oxenbury family sets out with gusto on a bear hunt, and the old story comes to life. . . Paintings are simply marvelous. . . . Rosen's retelling is spare, with a driving rhythm, and some new sounds add sparkle to the traditional tale . . . Just plain fun from beginning to end . . ."--"The Horn Book, " starred review.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Bears; Fiction.
- Hunting; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Words
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
|LCCN: BL 99792724|
|Academic/Grade Level: Babies, Ages 0-2|
|Series: Classic Board Books|
|Book type: Easy Fiction|
|Physical Information: 5.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.00" (0.55 lbs)|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Now the very youngest readers can join in the fun with this Classic Board Book(TM) edition of "We're Going on a Bear Hunt." Full of delightful comedy and high drama, this tale of a brave family's joyous romp through sweeping landscapes is sure to win new fans.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1989 June #5)
A father and his four children--a toddler, a preschool boy and two older girls--go on the traditional bear hunt based on the old camp chant: ``We're going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We're not scared. / Oh-oh! Grass! / Long, wavy grass. / We can't go over it. / We can't go under it. / Oh, no! / We've got to go through it!'' The family skids down a grassy slope, swishes across a river, sludges through mud and, of course, finally sees the bear, who chases them all back to their home. It's a fantastic journey--was it real or imagined?--with the family's actions (and interaction) adding to the trip a goodnatured, jolly mood. The design of the oversized volume alternates black-and-white drawings with gorgeous full-color watercolor paintings, which Oxenbury uses to wonderful effect. Readers accustomed to her board books will find a different style here, of puddled colors and sweeps of light and shadow. The scale of the pictures and the ease with which the text can be shouted aloud make this ideal for families or groups to share. Ages 4-9. (Sept.) Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1989 August)
PreS-K-- From England comes this refreshing interpretation of an old camp hand-rhyme presented in large picture-book format. The setting is the beach and its environs. The cast: five hunters (a man and four children) and a dog, all of whom stalk the furry beast through coastal landscapes, oozy mud, an unlikely snowstorm, and finally, into the cave where they meet the object of their search. And, just as in the old tale, they reverse their steps and, in this version, end up in bed under the covers, vowing never to go on a bear hunt again. The beautiful pastel watercolor paintings that fill the huge pages alternate with soft-textured charcoal sketches. The most impressive of the black, white, and gray drawings is the full-spread storm as it approaches. The final ``reverse'' scenes are small blocks, three to a page in rapid succession, in sync with the rushed pace of the text. Even the endpapers lend themselves to the mood of the tale. In contrast to the sunny beach featured at the front, a lonely bear walks the beach in the moonlight at the back of the book. The characters' faces are round and filled with expression. The rhyme is printed in a large, almost calligraphic typeface that leaps off the page, alive in onomatopoeic expression (``squelch squerch!'' and ``Hoooo woooo!'') and reassurance for young listeners (``We're not scared''). This version adds vitality to Sivulich's more traditional I'm Going on a Bear Hunt (Dutton, 1973; o.p.). Readers and listeners will delight in this imaginative pursuit over and over again. --Marianne Pilla, Upper Dublin Pub . Lib . , Dresher, PA Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.