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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All Aboard!!

amtrakRecently my Humans took a plane ride out to California to visit our Princesses (and their Mom and Dad). While they were in Califonia, they went on a train ride from Los Angeles to San Juan Capistrano. They all say that it was a really fun trip. Of course, I have no first hand knowledge of this as I did not get to go on this adventure.

In preparation for this train trip, the Mom Person got the Princesses a couple of train books. She learned about one of the books, Line 135, from Carter Higgins’s blog, Design of the Picture Book. It looked like just the right story and if Ms Higgins gushed about it, it must be a good one. We found the book online and when it arrived at our house, and we got to see it in real life, we were blown away as well. It is a rather unique look at the world. I’ll let you travel to Ms Higgins’s blog for an in depth dissection of the book. Just click on the blog title above. Here, I’m going to turn things over to some guest critics – My favorite reading buddies, The California Princesses –

IMG_3031They took this book on the train with them and were quite excited about the way that their trip mirrored the train trip in the book. In the book, a little girl is traveling by train with her Mom to visit her Grandmother. In the book, the Mom and Grandmother tell the girl that she is too small to know the entire world. But she knows better. They start in the big city surrounded by cement and skyscrapers. The train travels through big city, then smaller cityscape, then suburbia and out through the countryside. Through swamps and forests, along a river, into farmlands and finally to Grandma’s house.

The Ladybug Princess really liked the illustrations in the book. She liked that the train was the only color and everything else was black and white. She liked the houses. Some were regular houses and some were fantastical. The sights that the little girl saw in the book were very much like what the Princesses saw out their windows. ( The windows were the best part of the train!) Except she really wanted to see some of those strange animals that were in the book. No sign of those out her window.

IMG_3033The Noodle Princess says, about the book, that she liked when the bus went by and the train went by and she liked the houses and the trees and the mountains. And she knows the whole entire world!


Line 135 seems to have been an excellent choice to take along on a train ride!
And here is all the important book information —

Line 135 by Germano Zullo
Illustrated by Albertine
Published by Chronicle Books in 2013

A big thank you to Ms Carter Higgins for discovering and sharing this fabulous book!!!

And now a little video of a Germano Zullo/Albertine creation – (I really have no idea what this is about, but it’s cute!)

I wish you wondrous adventures —


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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!