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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Reader [Hardcover]

Bill Martin , Eric Carle
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July 20 2010 My First Reader
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? beginning readers:
 
These beloved children's stories are now available in beginning reader format.
With the important pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, these picture books have long been used as beginning readers. Now, with a 6" x 9" trim and a classic beginning reader layout, children will have a more "grown up" version to read by themselves.
Complete with an introduction by master educator Laura Robb, and with fun reading activities added, these new versions of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? are certain to appeal to a new age group and find an even wider audience.

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The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children's bookshelves. On each page, we meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next: "Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me." This pattern is repeated over and over, until the pre-reader can chime in with the reader, easily predicting the next rhyme. One thing readers might not predict, however, is just what kinds of funny characters will make an appearance at the denouement! Children on the verge of reading learn best with plenty of identifiable images and rhythmic repetition. Eric Carle's good-humored style and colorful, bold illustrations (like those in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, and Have You Seen My Cat?) have earned him a prominent place in the children's book hall of fame. (Baby to Preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- In this new edition of the popular classic (Holt, 1983), the same clean design and crisp text remain. Illustrations, however, have been slightly altered. Stronger colors and more texture help delineate animal bodies more sharply. Positions and shapes are slightly changed, resulting in a less static look. Red Bird is shown in flying position with a sleeker body, sharper beak, and more carefully defined tail and wing features. Yellow Duck has webbed feet and an open bill; Blue Horse has black hooves and teeth showing; Green Frog a spotted back and pink tongue; the former Mother with pale pink skin has become Teacher with beige skin tones and darker hair. The overall effect is livelier and more interesting, although changes are minimal enough that the old edition is still serviceable. When replacements are in order, this will be a welcome addition. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grudgingly, a classic... May 28 2003
Format:Board book
Much like the jazz song accompanying my worst nightmare, in which every band member plays something different all at the same time, seeing one of my twin daughters approach me out of the corner of my eye carrying "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" brings about a cold sweat and makes me want to reach for a tube of airplane glue and a warm lager. I originally checked this out of our local library for them in the hopes of temporarily weaning them off the glass teat world of Barney, Little People, and Kipper, but little did I realize they would take to it like flies to garbage, memorizing most of it within a few hours. Shortly thereafter, I tried to hide the book but it kept reappearing until the mere sight of it became about as welcome as Roger Clinton backstage at a Marilyn Manson concert. My selfish motives and petty complaining aside, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" is full of colorful pictures, an easy-to-learn rhyming scheme and by its very nature is trance inducing to most kids under the age of 3. For that reason alone, it's a godsend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book April 5 2006
By Tam319
Format:Board book
This is one of the first books we've been reading to our 6 month old son. Our son is having trouble with his vision and the Dr recommended challenging his sight every day to help the eye muscles grow strong. This book has bright, bold contrasting colours and simple illustrations that are easy to focus on. The rhythmic text keeps his attention and is great for learning lots of basics, such as colour, animals, and hearing basic language sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Animals, colors and sequences -- and so fun! Jan. 30 2004
By A. Ryan
Format:Board book
This is another time-tested classic by author/illustrator Eric Carle. It opens asking a brown bear what he sees, and he replies, and the next page is the animal that he saw, and he is asked what he sees, and so on and so on.
As you might expect from Carle, his simple but wonderful illustrations are a big part of the appeal of this book. Each two-page layout is a colorful animal centered on a white background, and that's it. Kids will effortlessly learn colors and animal names as you read it to them, and maybe a little sequential logic. I'd say it's a great book for ages 1 through 5. (At least, my five-year-old still likes to sit in while I read it to my two-year-old).
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not every child is a fan... Sept. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Board book
I understand that Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a classic, much-loved board book, and I fully expected my daughter to love it as well. I had a copy of it waiting for her on her shelf when I brought her home, and I tried reading it to her numerous times between her first and second birthdays. However, she has simply never been very interested in it. She seems to get bored by the repetitiveness of the text, and usually just wants to skip to the last page where all the participating animals (and teacher) are identified. I have tried introducing her to other Eric Carle books as well, and she has responded to all of them in this same way (in contrast, she loves Dr. Seuss, Baby Einstein, Mem Fox, and Boynton board books). At 24 months, she is now into picture books like Olivia and Corduroy, so I think that our copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear is destined for charity. It is a good reminder to me that not all classic books are equally loved by all children, and it may be worth ascertaining what your own child likes before making a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Attention Getter April 20 2001
Format:Board book
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and "Polar Bear, Polar Bear" are two of my 12-month old son's favorite books. The repetitive manner keeps him interested. He knows the rhythm and turns the pages when necessary for me. Although he cannot say the names of the animals yet, he does recognize them. He gets upset if he is looking for a certain animal, and it is not in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear", so he will go and pick up "Polar Bear, Polar Bear", and page through it until he finds the proper animal. At one time or another a certain color catches his eye, and he is only interested in that animal for awhile. At first it was the green animals, the peacock for example. Now it is the purple cat. Who knows what it will be tomorrow. But his favorite part of the book is the last page, where all of the animals are in front of him and he can point at them and I will tell him what each one is. I am positive this book will help him in animal identification real soon.
After reading the book for the eighth time in a night the animals all begin to sound the same. But, it keeps my sons interest and attention, so it is well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Your kid will love it. Will you? June 24 2000
Format:Board book
I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I love it because my son loves it. He is two and a half. He has loved it for a year--really loved it. Every time we go to the library he makes a bee-line for it. We sit and read it. More often than not we will attract other toddlers who will surround us and recite the text along with us. It casts some sort of spell on small children, I think. I do not own this book, however, because I HATE it. It is so repetitive that I wince as I read it. In fact, one does not read it so much as one chants it. The brown bear mantra. My son has the entire text memorized. We'll be in the grocery store or in the car and he'll start reciting it. Or I'll chant part of it and he'll chant the rest. Or we'll ad lib, inventing new animals with new colors: "Grey Mouse, Grey Mouse, What do you see?" I guess I don't really HATE this book; it's hard to hate something that gives you so much pleasure. But I'm not ready to own it yet. That said, I can't wait for my brother to have a child. He sent my son a noisy Thomas the Tank Engine book for Christmas. It beeped and whistled and hooted and basically drove me out of my mind. I intend to pay him back with "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A favorite in my family for years
Published 4 hours ago by Amie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Our Grandson loved the book
Published 24 days ago by Joseph Cummings
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
too small for child - thought it would be bigger.
Published 1 month ago by Mina Perham
2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected size
The book is great but I was expecting smaller square size and not huge album format. Will b looking for more convenient size.
Published 2 months ago by olga
4.0 out of 5 stars Another classic children's story
I bought this as a gift. I love the style of Eric Carle's illustrations. I don't know this story - I hope my cousin's little girl enjoys it!
Published 2 months ago by Kirstine Mullin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Large book...nice pictures

A great book to read to your toddler

Great to teach your child about animals, colours and birds
Published 3 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Great children's book!
This is a very popular book in schools. Most children seem to know it! Have ordered Panda Bear Panda Bear.
Published 4 months ago by Helen Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever.
I have a home daycare and this is the book that is read the most. It is short and simple with big colourful pictures. The kids love it!
Published 7 months ago by Brenda Wiltenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Classic!
I loved this when I was a kid and my kids love it just as much! Why does this review have to be a certain amount of words?
Published 7 months ago by Debbie Friesen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy
Please buy this book for your child. He/she will love it. Initially, just looking at the pictures, then saying the sounds the animals make, and finally associating color to each... Read more
Published 10 months ago by compgeek
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