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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? [Board book]

Bill Martin , Eric Carle
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Sept. 15 1997 Brown Bear and Friends
What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child?

Lots of noise!

Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page!

Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This collaboration, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published more than thirty years ago and still a best-seller) shows two masters at their best.

A Redbook Children's Picture Book Award winner

The rollicking companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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From Publishers Weekly

It's been 25 years since these two talented men put their heads together, but the fruit of their latest collaboration is well worth the wait. Continuing in the spirit of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , their new book incorporates the same clean design and crisp text, but this time the action takes place at the zoo, where elephants, hippos, lions and such are asked what they hear--each answer leads to the animal on the next page, and culminates with a zookeeper who "hears" a pageful of multiracial children disguised as their favorite animals. Carle's characteristically inventive, jewel-toned artwork forms a seamless succession of images that fairly leap off the pages, and educator Martin, ever tuned in to what children like best, has assembled a thoroughly rowdy menagerie--including a fluting flamingo, bellowing walrus and hissing boa constrictor, to name a few--imitations of whose sounds will doubtless soon be echoing in many homes and classrooms. A visually and aurally splashy work, this is a splendid successor to Brown Bear , one that no fan of that popular bruin will want to be without. Ages 2-4.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- In a logical sensory follow-up to Martin's and Carle's wildly successful Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983), this dynamic duo now offers sounds. The polar bear hears a lion roaring, who hears a hippopotamus snorting, who hears a flamingo fluting (!), who hears a zebra braying, and so on through a varied list of animals. At last the zookeeper announces that he hears children roaring, snorting, fluting, etc. While the format is very similar to the previous book, Carle's trademark collages have never been more beautiful. Huge animals fill the double-page spreads, glowing with light-filled colors, sans superflouous background. Teachers will smile with delight when they see this wonderful book, and students are sure to utter the familiar request, "Have you got another one like this one?" --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Julia
Format:Board book
What I had expected in this book was the onomatopoeia ("buzz", "meow", etc.) that is usual to other books about animal noises.
Although this book used some familiar terms, many of the terms for animal sounds were confusing to my daughter. For example, I had a difficult time explaining what "fluting" might sound like, since I really don't know what a flamingo sounds like (I live in the frozen Midwest). It's also hard to explain "trumpeting" to someone who doesn't know or understand what a trumpet is.
The text flows beautifully, the repetition is soothing to little ears and Eric Carle's illustrations are always a treat. Despite this, I can't recommend this book as highly as some other reviewers have.
I know that my disappointment stems from the fact that I had planned to use this book to explain the sounds that some exotic animals make. I really don't need this book just for the repetition and poetry, I think that the "Brown Bear..." book by the same team does a better job at that task.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definite buy July 4 2001
Format:Board book
Okay, so you might not be able to make the sounds of the animals (what does a walrus and flamingo really sound like anyway?) but the words they use in this book really help out. With words like "snarling" or "hissing" or "yelping" or trumpeting", it's easy to change your voice and use your body and face to "become" the appropriate animal when you read those words. My 2-year old daughter listened carefully when I read the book for the first time, then took the book and "read" it back to me. Well, she only got the "(animal name), (animal name), what do you see?" as she paged through the book but it only took a few more days before she pretty much memorized all the lines. This only happens with a few books (like The Napping House or Clothesline) so I was pretty surprised. I think it's great for kids to learn other animal names, like peacock and hippopatamus, and other words like for the sounds they make. It gets tiring to always read about puppies and kittens or farm and jungle animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT EXCELLANT BOOK Nov. 18 1997
By A Customer
Your two and a half year old can read this book by him/herself after you read it with them a few times! It is my daughter's favorite just like the Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? book by the same author. The kids like to peep at the next page and see which animal it next and then read it. They learn a lot of new words from this book such as hissing, braying, bellowing, etc. And the most impressive thing is my daughter has learnt how to pronounce certain hard words from this author's books and she does just fine. At her age, she can actually say "boa constrictor" (one of the animals in the book) very clearly and with such innocence she reads the third last page as follows: "zoo peeker, zoo peeker, what do you hear? instead of zookeeper zookeeper! Thank you Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle, for creating this book. I have had this book for months and my daughters still love it. It is nothing but the BEST !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for memorizing Dec 9 2000
Format:Board book
This companion book to Carle's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" is another winner. Rather than focusing on the visual, it focuses on the auditory: "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what do you hear? I hear a lion, roaring in my ear; lion, lion, what do you hear..." The illustrations are big and captivating and the phrasing hard to beat for young children learning how to read. Along with Brown Bear, my 3  year old memorized this book after just a few readings and now reads it aloud to anyone who will listen. My only very tiny complaint is the choice of words in two cases: does a peacock really "yelp" or does a flamingo really "flute." Not sure about that. In any case, this is a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely adorable. May 23 2002
By apoem
Format:Board book
The art is wonderful. After reading this book a few times we finger painted and cut out the paper when it was dry. We cut out circles and squares and then glued them on paper and told our own story. I love being able to take a book and do activities that jump off of the book pages. My almost three year old son does too.
The story is simple and fun. The repetitive nature of this book makes it great for pre readers. With a little bit of practice your child can memorize the book to 'read' it to others. What an ego boost.
I like the last page with all the kids acting out the parts of the animals. One day I will make some masks with my son....
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4.0 out of 5 stars content does not match the concept Dec 12 2002
By J & K
Format:Board book
Being a fan of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear...", I bought this Polar Bear book thinking it would be just as fantastic. However, the obscure animals do not make for good sound affects. While it is easy to hiss like a snake and growl like a polar bear, how do you flute like a flamingo or brey like a zebra? Nonetheless, the book is great for teaching colors and new animals. It has the same charming illustrations that Brown Bear has. (My daughter loves the elephant!) I recommend this book for the vivid colors and pictures, but not for animal sounds. It would compliment your child's book collection wonderfully!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite in my house! Oct. 11 2003
Format:Board book
I just got this book for my 2-year-old nephew, Zachary, because he loves the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by the same people. He asked me to read it to him four times in a row because he loved it so much! He likes it because it uses zoo animals that he loves, like hippos, walruses, zabras, elephants, flamingos, peacocks, polar bears, leopards, and a boa constrictor! (well, I say "snake" when I get to that part because that's how he knows it). The rythm is just like Brown Bear, and he loves it! I recommend it to all young children because it is a fun book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel to brown bear
This book is a great sequel to the Brian bear book, however, there's some animals in there that I didn't know how to imitate their sounds.... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars We also enjoy tho activities at the end of the book entertaining
My 3
Year old son loves this book. He reads along with me by identifying with the pictures. We also enjoy tho activities at the end of the book entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Fragomeni
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Followup to Brown bear, Brown Bear
Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for teaching small kids animal sounds!
Another cute book in the series "Brown Bear". This one is a bit different as it teaches the animal sounds for kids for some animals that you normally wouldn't teach sounds... Read more
Published 18 months ago by JhWoods
5.0 out of 5 stars My 18-month old daughter's favourite book!
My 18-month old daughter can't get enough of this book! I read Brown Bear, Polar Bear, and Panda Bear in a row, and she's fascinated. Read more
Published on April 10 2009 by Matthew D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves this book!
A few weeks ago, my 13 month old son came home from daycare with this note on his daily sheet "Today we read Polar Bear, Polar, What Do You Hear over and over again. Read more
Published on June 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Interactive
This is a fun interactive book about the animals in the zoo and the sounds they make. It's a great vocabulary builder, since it uses words that small kids may not hear every day. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the new fave
I bought this book for my 20-month-old daughter a few days ago because she was ready for some new books and really liked Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2003 by Emily Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars My kids love it.
When I first started buying children's books for my twins, I was doing it more for me than for them since I knew I'd be the one re-reading it all the time. Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by J. Marchese
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as great, but still good....
Hands down, "Brown Bear" is better than this.
However, when the two are interchanged regularly, this is also a fun book to read. Read more
Published on May 11 2003 by Grace K.
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