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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: 25th Anniversary Edition [Board book]

Eric Carle
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Sept. 15 1996 Brown Bear and Friends
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck-- all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

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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 the 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 the 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have Feb. 15 2008
Format:Board book
My 20 month-old boy asks me to read him this book at least a few times everyday. It's the perfect book for children who just started talking a little or are about to. It's repetitive, rhythmic, teaches them colours and names of animals and the bright, colorful pictures are sure to keep their attention. It also trains their memory as he tries to remember which animal comes in next page. A classic in our library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Kids @ Teens Read Too Oct. 7 2009
Many parents have applauded their young child as they master the wonderful story BROWN BROWN, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? Now, Macmillan Young Listeners has taken the story one step further. This collection contains the audio book read by the actress Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as an oversized paperback copy of the famous story.

The book contains all the wonderful and simple illustrations that Eric Carle is famous for. It's the complete repetitive story of all the animals that are found, leading up to the surprising ending.

However, what this package has that previous versions of the story had been lacking is the enchanting reading of the story by Ms. Paltrow. Using her soft and flowing voice, the words that could be trying to a parent who has heard the story many, many times becomes a new and wonderful experience.

The book and CD will surely keep little ones occupied. Whether sitting on the bed or riding in the car, the repeating "what do you see" will keep them laughing and guessing for hours.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A favorite in my family for years
Published 2 months ago by Amie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Our Grandson loved the book
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Cummings
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
too small for child - thought it would be bigger.
Published 3 months 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 9 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 9 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
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