Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

I love Eric Carle books. The illustrations are so colorful and fun. Our family's first Eric Carle book was The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and it was so wonderful, I felt eager to check out his other books.

I didn't fully appreciate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? until I was touring several preschools with my oldest son earlier this year. In one school library, the librarian read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? while she used felt cut outs of the animals and a felt board. I fell in love with it all -- the wonderful children's librarian, the book, the felt board -- everything! (Well, we didn't end up choosing that school, but it was very close.)

I picked up a copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on my next shopping trip at Target. I am sad to say that we have not read it at home as much as I had hoped, and individual reading isn't as wonderful as the storytime we experienced, yet, I love the book and think it's an important part of our kids' collection. I hope to read it more with our youngest son (who currently is all about Curious George and train books), and our newborn when he arrives in a few more weeks.

I should note that Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is illustrated by Eric Carle and written by Bill Martin Jr. (who also wrote another favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom).  I think of them all as Eric Carle books because the style is so distinctive.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Robyn in MO said...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was definitely one of my son's favorites (and mine). A must have for all kids I think!

Karen said...

We love it too.... it's on my list of books to rave about. My son especially loves pointing to the alphabet letters on the end papers.

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Brandi Vaidya said...

Hi Karen,
These were at Kohls last year sometime for 5.00
We have baby bear baby bear as well as brown bear brown bear. Baby Bear one went over much better than brown bear as it was much easier for my (then 3 year old) to remember the animals and say the book with me as I read it.

Definitely a favorite at our house