Friday, October 24, 2008

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen Helen Oxenbury


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


Uh-uh! Grass!
Long wavy grass.
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.


Oh no!
We've got to go through it!


Swishy swashy!
Swishy swashy!
Swishy swashy!


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

Uh-uh! A river!
A deep cold river.
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.

Oh no!
We've got to go through it!


Splash splosh!
Splash splosh!
Splash splosh!


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

Uh-uh! Mud!
Thick oozy mud.
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.

Oh no!
We've got to go through it!


Squelch squerch!
Squelch squerch!
Squelch squerch!


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

Uh-uh! A forest!
A big dark forest.
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.

Oh no!
We've got to go through it!


Stumble trip!
Stumble trip!
Stumble trip!


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

Uh-uh! A snowstorm!
A swirling whirling snowstorm.
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.

Oh no!
We've got to go through it!


Hoooo woooo!
Hoooo woooo!
Hoooo woooo!


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

Uh-uh! A cave!
A narrow gloomy cave.
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.

Oh no!
We've got to go through it!


Tiptoe!
Tiptoe!
Tiptoe!
WHAT'S THAT?


One shiny wet nose!
Two big furry ears!
Two big goggly eyes!
IT'S A BEAR!!!!


Quick! Back through the cave! Tiptoe! Tiptoe! Tiptoe!
Back through the snowstorm! Hoooo woooo! Hoooo woooo!
Back through the forest! Stumble trip! Stumble trip! Stumble trip!
Back through the mud! Squelch squerch! Squelch squerch!
Back through the river! Splash splosh! Splash splosh! Splash splosh!
Back through the grass! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy!

Get to our front door.
Open the door.
Up the stairs.

Oh no!
We forgot to shut the door.
Back downstairs.

Shut the door.
Back upstairs.
Into the bedroom.

Into bed.
Under the covers.

We're not going on a bear hunt again.

I don't think I would have given this book much thought if you handed it to me a couple of months ago. However, when a friend gives it to you after hearing of your poor prenatal diagnosis because she was given this when she too was given a poor prenatal diagnosis, and she gives it to you with the intent that it might comfort and uplift you a little, I gave it much more thought.

Life is hard. There are a lot of things along the way that we have to go through. And even after all of that, the outcome may not be what you expected or hoped for.

I pray with all of my heart that Emma will be born alive. Yet I don't know if she will be or not. However, I know that my Lord and Savior will be there for me whatever the outcome is.

4 comments:

Mac said...

I never really thought of that story as being a life lesson. Maybe that's because we have the song version where they "have" to go through and candy factory and a peanut butter river :) But maybe, at the end of this life we'll get to look back and realize that the mud and the snowstorm really were a candy factory and peanut butter river. Not in the sense that they'll have been fun to go through, but in the sense that we will have wanted to go through them.

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Louis Pryde said...

What a load of old shit! Get a life
Fucking nerd

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