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We’re Gangin on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on Bear Hunt in Scots

Susan Rennie Michael Rosen
Helen Oxenbury


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 40 pages colour illustrations 240 x 270 mm ISBN: 9781782503163 Publication date: 18th August 2016
Genre: Humour Theme: Scots Language Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
We're gangin on a bear hunt.
We're gaun tae catch a braw yin.
Whit a bonnie day!
We're no feart.

Get ready for a big adventure, as a family of brave bear hunters trudges through muckle forests and skirlin snawstorms, claggie mud and a deep cauld river in search of a glowerin bear.

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt is charmingly recreated in Scots for little adventurers. The original words and illustrations are transformed by language expert Susan Rennie into lively Scots for a bright and bonnie take on this favourite tale. Perfect for reading aloud with young children.


'Such a lovely translation of a brilliant adventure rhyme... This is such a brilliant story and jings your kids will love hearing you trip over the Scots words. BookBairn actually enjoys this version more than the original -- I thinks Scots words are a bit more descriptive and onomatopoeic than the original -- and we will definitely be enjoying this one over and over again!'
-- BookBairn, book blogger

We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt


Michael Rosen grew up in London and has worked as a writer, teacher, journalist, performer and broadcaster. He has written numerous picture books for young children, and fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt won the Nestle Smarties Grand…

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Susan Rennie lectures on the history of Scots and lexicography at Glasgow University. A renowned Scots language expert, she is a co-founder of Scots language publisher Itchy Coo and author of several Scots language books for children.

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Helen Oxenbury grew up in Ipswich and worked on sets and scenery in theatre, film and TV, before she started illustrating children’s books. She illustrated the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Smarties Book Prize-winning Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and…

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