Archive | September 19, 2011

Bookmark Monday: We’re going on a Bear Hunt

Onomatopoeia!

Don’t you just love the sound of that word! 😉

I don’t know why we didn’t find this book earlier. We picked it up at the library last Saturday and are totally loving it! Last week, our focus was on rhyme and repetition as encouragement cues for early readers.

Retold by Michael Rosen, this book is another great example of repetition with the delightful element of onomatopoeia thrown into the mix.  The paragraph below –

We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We’re not scared.

is repeated throughout as a father and his four children (including the toddler) cross a grassy field, wade across a cold river, squelch through swampy mud, stumble through a deep forest, brave a whirling snowstorm, and enter a dark, gloomy cave.

Each time the family meet an obstacle, the paragraph, “We can’t go over it.  We can’t go under it.  Oh, no! We’ve got to go through it” is repeated.  Finally, they reach and enter a narrow, gloomy cave…and find what they were looking for (what else!). And then quick, run helter-skelter ~ hoooo woooo, stumble trip, squelch squerch, splash splosh, swishy swashy all the way home!

Marvelous watercolour landscape illustrations by Helen Oxenbury lend an added depth of dimension to the comical plot. 🙂

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