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18th October '16
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Fantastic classic book that can be read over and over. It has great use of rhythm and it rhymes; we normally sing the story together as we have read it so many times, my daughter knows the words! It's a great story and my daughter gets excited at the end when the bear is chasing the family home. I would definitely recommend. 
9th August '17
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My son loves reading this book and joins in as the book is written in rhyme and is easy to remember. I would recommend it. 
18th October '16
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a fabulous classic book! My son was a little scared of the bear when we first got this book but now he loves it, they have been using the storyline at his school which he has just started and he does some lovely actions to go with the story.  It does evoke great imagination and the ability to act out the story, highly recommended
28th March '17
I read it to eric_ aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
First time I saw this story, was actually with a little play done with it, and I loved it, and of course my son! He was reading it a lot at his nursery, so he would always come back singing the story. It's so addictive. Perfect! It's a mixture of sensations, you can almost feel the grass, the mud, everything. And it's such a nice way of showing kids to fight their fears. My son loves playing inside the house and pretending we are running home, closing the door and going under the cover. A lovely and amazing adventure and cuddle story for the entire family.
16th November '18
I read it to ZMDA aged 5 aged 5 & to LJA aged 9 months aged 0
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5 stars
A timeless classic. My children loved the repetition of the book to allow them to join in and followed along at home with actions
21st December '17
I read it to Babybelle aged 4 aged 4 & to Ivylivy aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Myself and my eldest neice love this story!!! It's rhyming words encourage children to talk along and we can' do anything in our everyday lives without using the saying from the book.....we can't go round it have to go through it :) I cannot wait for my 1year old neice to get more into this story now :)
11th March '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Bob1 aged 7 aged 7 & to Bob2 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Gorgeous, unique, a classic!  Everyone knows that whilst in mud it's obligatory to say 'Can't go over it...we'll have to go through it...squelch squelch squelch squelch!'    Both my children have loved this book when they were little, and we still act out the bear hunt when on woodland walks! Definitely a timeless classic that is a must have for any boy or girl.  Would make a fantastic 'new baby' present!
29th November '16
I read it to leocarr aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
It is a classic although I read it the first time myself while reading to my son. We especially like the ending when they finally find the bear but get so scared they go all the way back home and hide in the bed. 
8th March '18
I read it to Miss-ie-davis aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This book is great for it's repeated refrains, allowing children to re enact the story when outdoors. it allows children to talk about feelings, as the final illustration shows a the back of a forlorn looking bear.
24th April '17
I read it to Alice aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We have just started reading this with our 2yr old (she wasn't very careful with paper pages until now) and from the start she loves it - the repetition is great - so much so that after a few days there was something in the way and I said 'we can't go over it, we can't go under it - we have to go through it...' and she shouted 'bear hunt' and asked me to 'read story' - 'NOW!'.
We have since read it many times and she joins in - but at the end its 'poor bear - my friend' so not only is she enjoying the book and working on her memory with it she is also developing empathy for others.
24th October '16
I read it to DaisyPaling aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I don't think you can possibly not enjoy this story. A classic. My 4 year old will perform this story as I read it out to her. I remember it from school as does my husband. Its a beautifully illustrated book and timeless. Very familiar and has a comforting feel. Like putting on a favourite jumper. 
5th September '17
I read it to Munchie moo aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A real classic, have read this to my eldest since birth and although she didn't grasp the story at that age she loved me acting out the actions with her. Nowadays she knows the story by heart and we act it out on all our walking adventures. I love the rhyme and the repetition means that children learn very quickly the words and are able to join in. Great book for both reading together on bed or getting active to during the day.
18th March '17
I read it to MiniSastrantia aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is just a brilliant book. I like to sing it in an army style chant, call and response. Fantastic to use with sensory resources such as swishy, swashy grass, mud (tinned creamed chestnuts) and actual snow! There is also a play version to act out. A true classic 
31st May '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Laceywarrilow28 aged 6 aged 6 , to Keirawaddell8 aged 8 aged 8 , to Davidwarrilow1 aged 3 aged 3 & to Jackwarrilow18 aged 11 months aged 0
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All time favourite of all of my kids. I can read it even without looking at the words it's been brought to me by my kids so many times. Its catchy and fun and enthusiastic and exciting and engaging for kids of all ages.... and adults!! 
29th March '17
I read it to Max22 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Max has just had grandad reading this and acting it out yet again ! It's one of our favourites and singing the song on the way home in the car keeps him awake till we reach there.
16th November '18
I read it to Hingham aged 4 to 7
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5 stars
Fantastic book. The repetitive pattern of the story gets the children involved. Beautiful illustrations. 
23rd August '17
I read it to THughes14 aged 7 aged 7 , to HHughes28 aged 4 aged 4 & to PHughes22 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A firm favourite in our house. My 4 and 2 year old love this book. It's so easy to read, Henry now recites the whole book instead of me reading it. We spend ages looking at the pictures and thinking up little adventures they have in the long grass and while wading through the water. We have come to the conclusion that the bear just wants a cuddle at the end. 
25th July '17
I read it to CopyMonkey aged 3 aged 3 & to RealMonkey aged 6 months aged 0
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5 stars
A favorite in our house. My little ones really enjoy the rhythmic repeated lines and the adventure of going out and looking for something. They love reciting the book from memory when we're out for a walk in the countryside.  It really shows how much they like the book when they make it their own. 
2nd October '16
I read it to RubyShep aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Brilliant a classic, I read it as a little girl and now I'm reading it to my daughter, the rhyming is fab and we often sing it walking down the street! 
30th April '17
I read it to Oliver0907 aged 9 months aged 0
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5 stars
A much loved family favourite book of ours from when I was younger and I was thrilled when I received it as a gift at my baby shower! A timeless story full of adventure and family fun, and is definitely a book that can entertain a range of ages! We love to act out this story with my little one and his cousins - it gets everyone involved and laughing! A timeless classic that has stood the test of time, with great illustrations and a storyline that will grip the whole family. Would highly recommend!
10th October '16
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Brilliant book. I had seen it recommended on a few articles so I got it. Use of rhyme is great, and the story line is well thought of and has a great flow. My little one loves reading it and joining in. We go back to this - time and time again. 
26th July '17
I read it to Class aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
A true classic! Children love joining in and reciting this story. We even went on our own adventure. Also great for introducing positional language, prepositions  and directions too.
30th November '17
I read it to Alex0512 aged 6 aged 6 & to Zaraloul aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A lovely book that we have learnt off by heart and is regularly re-enacted ourselves when we go for a walk in the woods etc. My daughter giggles along as we repeat the tale over and over and loves how the illustrations help bring the story to life. 

We have been reading this for many years and still my son aged 6 enjoys reading it. As an adult I also find it enjoyable to read and refer to time and time again.
6th November '18
I read it to Wilsy aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Love this book! Great repetition. Fab actions and a super storyline. My little boy loves it and can tell the story by himself. I've read at a baby group too and it was also a hit as the actions you do as you read make it come to life.
12th August '16
I read it to Arthur aged 2 aged 2 & to WillP aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a great book, the rhymes and rhythms are catchy, and it's fun doing the swishy swashy sounds together.  The illustrations are lovely,
but for some reason my 2 year old always gets sad at the end, when you see the bear on his own!
11th December '16
I read it to Froze aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My daughter now age 5 has loved this book since the age of 2.  
Its a wonderfully illustrated book of a family who go out looking for a bear, all the obstacles they over come, only to face them all again when they find the bear and make a run back for home.
It is written in a lovely flowing way that you could  almost sing the story.
7th September '16
I read it to Holls aged 8 aged 8 & to Batman aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
A firm family favourite. My children love this book, I found it helped them learn to recognise certain words because of its repetitive text. 
I enjoy making sound effects for this book, every time I read it I can still make a different sound !! 
This encouraged my children to go out for long walks as I would say 'we're going on a bear hunt'. 
The pictures are beautifully illustrated.
24th March '17
I read it to joshgok aged 6 aged 6 & to JakeGOK aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My son was 3 when he heard this story at preschool for the first time.  When he came home, he spoke about it all afternoon, so I bought the book. Within a week, he was reciting the whole verse, and enjoying it so much, it was obvious it had become his favourite story! Now with a wonderful screen adaption as well, this book will be very popular with ages 0-5.
30th April '18
I read it to Whole School aged 5 to 11
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5 stars
A classic that never ages.  I have the paperback, hardback and even the pop up version.  Absolutely love it.  Whenever I read it to any classes, they all enjoy it no matter what age.
13th August '17
I read it to Liam R aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
My son and I love reading this book together,  the rhyming and repeat parts are great for little ones and we do the actions for the shiny wet nose, furry ears and eyes 
20th November '16
I read it to lewis1 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is such a classic book, every child should have read this. My son loves it, he knows all the words and joins in with me. The pictures are great.
6th July '16
I read it to Monty and Maisie aged 4 to 4
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5 stars
We love this book and have read it hundreds of times (and acted it out a fair few as well!) . A real classsic all children should be read - at first you wonder where its going and the repeating verse about going on a bear hunt might get tiresome but it reaches a clever end and the kids love the sudden change in pace! 
4th May '16
I read it to Tommyg aged 9 aged 9 , to Charliechuc aged 7 aged 7 & to Ewan aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Even though my boys are a bit old for this now, it still keeps coming off the book shelf.

We have to  'sing' it as we have seen it on stage so have adapted it for home.

I think even as an adult you cant get fed up of this "old ones are the best".
28th June '17
I read it to Ella_f aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A classic book that captures Ella's imagination she loves acting out going on a bear hunt when we read it . The rhyme of the book is a great way to introduce kids to rhyme and we are often found singing it together as we read
27th November '16
I read it to PHanke aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A classic story the whole family can enjoy! Beautiful illustrations and an imagination capturing story!
22nd September '16
I read it to Ckelly2013 aged 3 aged 3
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I read this book because it was recommended by a friend. It has rhyming words and fun words to say like swishy swashy! 
My daughter loves it and the illustrations are lovely. 
I think it's more of a song than a story but my daughter enjoys it. 
2nd February '18
I read it to Nathanwall aged 2 aged 2 & to Ellawall aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This was a favourite when I was a child,  I've read it to my 5 year old who still love's the story and now my 1 year old who dances along to the rhythm.  The story itself is great, the writing is easy to read and so catchy, after a few times reading it you remember it all! it's easy for kids to join in and get involved.
20th November '16
I read it to Hermione aged 7 aged 7 , to Skye aged 3 aged 3 & to Rocky aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I read this book to my oldest daughter when she was 3 and it quickly became a firm favourite. Now my twins are 3 and I recently read this book to them. If anything they love it more than their big sister did! We have to read it every night before bed! Thoroughly recommended.
7th March '18
I read it to Leximoo aged 5 aged 5 , to Cora14 aged 3 aged 3 & to Kion16 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Another favourite in our house all 3 of my kids love this and can tell you the whole book we have read it so much. Fun story and a beautifully illustrated book 
7th July '16
I read it to Lily aged 3 aged 3 & to RoseMars aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This book is rightly thought to be one of the greatest ever children's books. The first time my husband read it too our girls he didn't 'get it' and didn't see the appeal. Then he watched a video of the great Michael Rosen reciting it and immediately understood the appeal, it's all in the delivery. The repetitive text is almost hypnotic, like a chant, and brilliant in it's simplicity that any child will soon know it off by heart . But do kids really like it that much? Well, yes they certainly do. How many books can entral a whole school/preschool class? How many children have acted out the bear hunt on a country walk or a trip to the park? One word exquisite.
1st October '17
I read it to Brobee aged 5 aged 5 & to Toodee aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is a true classic. The story of a group of children who are looking for a bear is so simple yet completely mesmerising for young children. We've read the story countless times; it's one of a very small group of books that never ever gets tired. I adore the beautiful illustrations and think that the image of the bear at the end has real enigma to it.
I wholeheartedly recommend picking the book up again, even if you've read it before, as it's simply wonderful.
8th September '16
I read it to Soopa aged 1 aged 1
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We bought this book as it was recommended by lots of other parenst we know.  We were not disappointed - the whole family loves it.  We had to read it a few times before we really came to love it but as it had been spoken of so highly by lots of other families that we know we kept going with it.  My daughter loves it and before she could probably talk she joined in with some of the noises. We often recite the words when we're out and about playing or on walks. Every family should have a copy.  
18th May '16
I read it to Bob1 aged 6 aged 6 & to Bob2 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.  Both of my two children adore the illustrations and the repetitive onomatapic words used to describe what happens to the family in this story.  Simply perfect.
29th October '16
I read it to Montymoo aged 5 aged 5 & to Theotheo15 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Brilliant book! The illustrations are amazing and the story is repetitive but not boring. It just encourages my children to join in. Their favourite part is the 'swishy swashy' bit and we all swing side to side! 
They now pretend they're on a Bear Hunt if we go for walks! 
2nd March '17
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 6 aged 6 , to Turbo aged 5 aged 5 & to Doodles aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Would give this book ten stars if I could, me and my family love this book, it's our go to book if we can't decide what else to read and enjoy it time and time again. Lovely simple story with a lovely rhythm to the text that children can easily memorise. Infant we often recite it when the children are getting bored when we are walking anywhere which distracts them from the tedious ( for them not me
17th October '16
I read it to Darcie aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
my daughter had this read to her in school and then asked me to buy it for her, great read, great pictures.
8th November '16
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A huge favourite in our house!
The rhythmic, repetitive text is perfect for children but also lends itself to building anticipation for the end of the tale. My son loves the mad dash back to the house and laughs his head off and jumps o as soon as it starts!
This tale is perfect to base sensory play on - I found it helped to develop the childrens' understanding of the scenes and noises in the books. We sometimes use the book as an "instruction manual" and copy all the actions - my son and daughter really enjoy this!
I love the fact they go on an adventure as a family and also see home as a safe haven. It's a cosy, fun story that I remember from when I was younger! Only now I no longer see myself as one of the children!
Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written; it can be made multi-dimensional so easily! Love it to bits and would highly recommend it.
1st March '18
I read it to mrfox aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A classic for toddlers. My 3 year old knows it off by heart and loves making all the noises.
30th October '17
I read it to mrbear aged 6 aged 6 & to mrfox aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We were recently gifted this classic, and my boys have been reciting it ever since. 
3rd April '16
I read it to BellaCam aged 4 aged 4
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One of my favourite books to read because my daughter does the actions - swishing stomping splashing etc. A lovely read that flows nicely. Soft illustrations and pastel colours mean it's a nice book to read outside on a sunny day. Highly recommend adding this to any book collection to get kids active 
18th September '16
I read it to RubyShep aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Read many times,Liked by children of all ages. My daughter likes acting out the story when we go for a walk 
20th May '16
I read it to Bentley aged 4 aged 4
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My son loves this book. He doesn't just wait till bedtime to start his bear hunt! He recites the story while on shopping trips and round the back garden! We all join in acting out the story before bed then settle in bed with a different story as this isn't a book to read your children to sleep with. The reparative phrase make it easy to remember so the children enjoy chanting parts with you.
4th January '16
I read it to Thomas H aged 8 aged 8 & to Isla H aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My children loved this book when they were little.  I had put it away but they came across it recently and enjoyed hearing the story again.  It's an engaging story which captivates everyone.
28th May '16
I read it to Belle aged 7 aged 7 & to Harri aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
An all time favourite. I remember this story when I was younger and have loved reading it to my children. 
We love to make all the funny sounds on each page, and make actions up as we read the book. 
I book all children must read 
21st May '16
TommyZoom42 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
Before I started school this and the Gruffulo were my favourite books. I loved all the describing words (swishy swashy). One of my all time best bedtime reads 
28th May '16
I read it to HarrisonT aged 1 aged 1 & to JonasT aged 0 months aged 0
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My two boys love it when I read this book to them! I have read it to my 19 month old Pretty much since birth! He loves the repetition and the onomatopoeic words- makes it easy for him to copy and join in. 
5th April '16
I read it to DexterLogan aged 3 aged 3 & to MiloPercy aged 1 aged 1
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This is my 3 year old's favourite book. He loves all the different kinds of weather that the characters encounter and all the different noises they make.

He, however, does tend to want me to 'sing' it to him rather than read it. Cue me making up a random tune which has now kind of stuck!

Anyway, Michael Rosen has done it again! A thoroughly entertaining read. He was one of my favourite poets/authors when I was growing up and I love that my little boy loves him too.

The illustrations are also beautiful!
22nd August '17
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 2 aged 2
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This is Sophie's all time favourite book. She loves the repetition of the tale. We read the last bit when they are rushing back into the house really quickly. She always jumps for joy when we say, we go through it. She finds the dog in each page. She shouts bear before we even turn the page to find the bear. We read this daily. Beautiful illustrations.
11th March '16
I read it to Esmerose aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Great adventure book
Highly recommended 
Repetitive - my 2 year old loves to shout the words out.
Beautifully illustrated 
18th August '16
I read it to Piglet aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
Found on the shelves of many children's bookshelves this is a modern classic. A family go on an adventure walk in pursuit of a bear, which involves the use of many onomatopoeic words as they squelch through mud and swish through grass. As a family we think the bear is just being friendly and feel a bit sad that the family run away from.him.
11th July '16
I read it to Luca2012 aged 4 aged 4 & to Sophia_unicorn aged 7 aged 7
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4 stars
My children both seem to know this book off by heart - even though we haven't read it that many times at home! They have both learnt it at nursery, where it's definitely a popular choice. The story is really simple, and the repetitious nature of the words makes it easy for children to learn, and the story is fun ... and a bit scary which my children also like.
This book is fast becoming a real classic with young children, and the simple nature of the story means it's good for both younger and older children.
4th July '16
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
It's a classic..... everyone loves a bear hunt !
23rd April '17
I read it to LucasChops aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
This is such a fab book - we sing our way through it as a family.  The illustrations are charming and it's great at bedtime as we can all dive under the covers at the end just as they do in the book when the bear comes to the front door
13th October '17
I read it to JasperM555 aged 2 aged 2
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3 stars
A classic but not a hit in our house! The story is too simple that Jasper loses interest very quickly even if we try and make it as exciting as we can! 

we're going to try making a story sack to go with it to see if that changes anything...
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Born in Harrow in 1946, Michael Rosen is a brilliant and energetic author and poet. He has written 140 books on a wide variety of subjects, from Shakespeare to fellow author Roald Dahl but is probably best known for his fabulous and quirky poems.

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