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We're going on a Bear Hunt....all is made clear...!

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Clawdy Sun 11-Nov-12 22:10:29

Just read an interview with Helen Oxenbury the illustrator,and she said the one everyone thinks is the dad is actually the older brother...they are ALL children.

Taffeta Sun 11-Nov-12 22:14:00




wonderstuff Sun 11-Nov-12 22:15:34

Did wonder, thanks, dd always asks

flussymummy Thu 15-Nov-12 23:14:48

No way!!! Have always wondered if the older girl was the mother but never questioned the "father" - gosh! Off to find our battered copy!

quirrelquarrel Sat 17-Nov-12 10:05:22

You're joking.

Mind is blown. I always thought it was a whole-family adventure!!

NotMostPeople Sat 17-Nov-12 10:06:57


We're not scared

SavoyCabbage Sat 17-Nov-12 10:09:23


I have just put my dd to bed (australia) so I can't read it. It's going to be like watching 'Lost' again.

EcoLady Sat 17-Nov-12 15:13:08

WHAT?! They are out there, in those weather conditions, with *no adult supervision at all?
<clutches pearls>

DorsetKnob Sat 17-Nov-12 15:17:05

The bear looks so sad at the end.

DameMargotFountain Sat 17-Nov-12 15:19:19

that's why he hasn't got a coat on then grin

cookielove Sat 17-Nov-12 15:19:48

Wow, never saw that one coming shock

NoraFatimaBuffet Sun 18-Nov-12 19:31:11

grin I used to think 'huh, rubbish neglectful father taking them out half-dressed in that weather/mud/crossing a RIVER' in a bosom-hoickingly judgemental way. Bosom dutifully un-hoicked now...

reindeerjumper Sun 18-Nov-12 19:33:28

So is the bear the Dad? <holds monocle up to eye>

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 18-Nov-12 19:34:15

Bosoms should be doubly hoicked, what were those parents thinking of? Allowing their children out like that without adequate supervision, disgraceful.

PoppyWearer Sun 18-Nov-12 19:38:25


I'm sure the play we went to see (don't ask me how they made it last an hour) had "Dad" in it.

Tut tut.

The bear does look sad at the end. DD's nursery added "and the bear went home to his Mummy and Daddy" to stop the kids being sad. So now I have to remember to say that too!

lisad123 Sun 18-Nov-12 19:44:31

Where were their parents when all this was happening!!
Bet mum was drinking wine and MNing smile

Clawdy Sun 18-Nov-12 23:07:44

Helen O also said she added the "sad bear" picture because she had a thought that perhaps the bear was lonely and only wanted to play....sad

HoneyDragon Sun 18-Nov-12 23:09:54

The sad bear at the end gets me every time. I told my dc's tha imaginary bears are terribly sad when they are sent away in favour of other games.

Mathsdidi Sun 18-Nov-12 23:13:52

I didn't know people thought he was the dad. I always assumed he was a big brother and they were all children.

Tee2072 Wed 21-Nov-12 10:20:17


crunchernumber Wed 21-Nov-12 10:22:08

I always assumed he was the Dad. Built up some tragic back story of mother dying and him soldiering on to look after his unruly brood Chitty Chitty Bang Bang style!

piprabbit Wed 21-Nov-12 10:35:33

We had a copy of the story in an old compendium of childrens' poems, rainy day activities, short stories, songs etc. that I loved as a small child in the 1970s, well before the Rosen version was published in the later 1980s.
TBH I prefer the original version, but that might just be me being a bit 'things were better in my day'.

timetosmile Wed 21-Nov-12 10:38:43

My DCs think that after the mud pcture, it's blood dripping off the bigger girl's foot from a tin can dropped on the beach, and a salutory message about littering

Big brother, eh?

ABirdInTheBush Wed 21-Nov-12 10:46:27

<runs to bookcase>

Nah, she's messing with us. He looks about 35.

Unless he's from Daddy's first marriage to that woman.

The plot thickens...

Leafmould Wed 21-Nov-12 11:27:14

Pip rabbit. Can you link your version?

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