Goin’ on a Bear Hunt!

Labrador retrievers are hunting dogs. At least a lot of them are. That’s what they were originally bred to do.

hunting lab 5These hunters mostly retrieve ducks. Labs were bred to go find ducks that fell into the water, so that the hunters didn’t have to get wet and muddy. Labs love to be wet and muddy. I have been known to retrieve ducks —

I like to bring back just about anything that falls into the water –

IMG_2041And I like to play a good game of Hot and Cold, hunting for toys hidden in desks. But I don’t know about hunting for bears. Especially in dark caves. But our California Princesses LOVE going on bear hunts! I think most all little kids love going on bear hunts!

The Noodle Princess, who is 2 yrs old, recently discovered the fabulous book about bear hunts — We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.


They recently checked it out from the library. This is an especially wonderful addition because it is a pop-up book!! This book was published in 2007 by Little Simon. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was first published in 1989 and before that it was a favorite camp fire song. It has since become an early childhood staple. The pre-schoolers at my school sing and perform this song daily. They love wading through squishy mud and swimming through big rivers.

If you don’t know the story, (where have you been?!) it’s about a family that decides to go on a bear hunt. They encounter lots of natural obstacles that they can’t go over or under or around so they have to go THROUGH! The Noodle Princess reads this book to me over the airways via Skype. She loves the refrain – “We’re going on a bear hunt! Gonna catch a big one. What a beautiful day. We’re not scared! Oh, oh —– “

And in this book from the library she has all the tabs to pull that make the pictures come alive!


And she even likes to draw her own bear hunt —


But — library books have to go back to the library! She was not at all happy about that!!! So the King and Queen had to go on a book hunt and find the Noodle her very own pop-up copy of the Bear Hunt. Now everyone is happy and safe at home and she can pull the tabs to her hearts content.

Mr Rosen has a really cool website that you might want to visit here.

You can view a series of video interviews with Ms Oxenbury here at Reading rockets.

Dantheman has a whole list of activities and suggestions to go with this song/book here.

And now Mr Michael Rosen himself doing We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

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Hope you have some exciting adventures this week!

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Happy Easter!!


It’s Easter! What does Easter mean to you?  Around here, for the humans that I live with, it means Church and Family and Easter Egg Hunts. I like the egg hunts. I’m very good at finding yummy eggs. But for me, Easter is Springtime. It means the sweet smell of bluebonnets and the pungent aroma of skunks. Ummmmmm! It means soft, green grass to munch and roll in. It means hearing birds singing in the mornings. It usually means rain which means mud puddles and water in the river. I like Easter.

I’ve got some books to share with you. My favorite Easter ones that the Mom Person reads to me every year.


Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells was published by Dial Books for Young Readers in 1989. I love Rosemary Wells and I love stories about bunnies and I especially love Max!  He is a particularly funny bunny. In this book he wants that chocolate chicken, but he has to find Easter eggs first and the one who finds the most gets the chicken. His sister Ruby is finding lots of eggs while Max gets distracted by mud puddles and acorns. Who will get the chicken? You must read it and find out!!


A Surprise for Easter by Pete Bowman was published by Aladdin Books in 1992. It is a fascinating book. It’s called a revolving book. On each page is a round picture with a little tab. And if you pull the tab around the circle, the picture changes! Magic! It’s a cute story about an enormous egg that Mother Hen laid. All the other animals decide to decorate it for the fair. And they do a beautiful job! There is a big surprise at the end that you will have to read for yourself!


The Golden Egg Book is a Little Golden Book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Lilian Obligado. It was published by Western Publishing Co. in 1975. It was originally published in 1947! This cute little bunny finds an egg. But he doesn’t know what’s inside. He imagines all kinds of things. Then he does all kinds of things to try to get whatever it is out. He shakes it and jumps on it and rolls it down a hill and throws rocks at it. What will come out?! And how long must he wait?! You must read it and find out!

IMG_1417I hope you have a bountiful Easter full of everything that is special to you. Church, Family, egg hunts, bunnies, baskets and JOY! Easter is all about JOY!!

One Red Dot

So the Mom Person visited the Princesses in California. And the Princesses showed her all their favorite books. They LOVE books. They love words. They love stories. They love art.

The Noodle Princess is the smallest one. She’s 1 1/2 years old. Just a babe! She talks kind of funny. Her words don’t sound quite like everybody else’s, but she tries to mimic everyone. Even me!! And she reads her books! She LOVES Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. She also likes the I Spy books IMG_0127(fun and challenging children’s books by Walter Wick) and books with flaps and pop-ups. Her special favorite book seems to be One Red Dot. Her Mom and Dad have to hide it from her. She wants it ALL the time!! She can’t seem to get enough of it!


One Red Dot is a fabulous pop-up book by the incredibly talented David Carter.  It was published in 2005 by Little Simon. Each page has a fantastical pop-up, fold-out creation in which you have to find the ONE RED DOT! Some of them are pretty tricky, but that Noodle girl can find them all!



This is such a fun book for every age! If you like puzzles and pop up extravaganzas, this book will be a sure delight!

Check this one out and be amazed!