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A beautiful gift set of three classic and

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With more than seven million copies in print, Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle's classic Bear books have been a hit with children for many generations. Now, for the first time, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? are available in a boxed gift set.

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Overview

A beautiful gift set of three classic and

bestselling bear books

With more than seven million copies in print, Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle's classic Bear books have been a hit with children for many generations. Now, for the first time, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? are available in a boxed gift set.

The Brown Bear & Friends Gift Set includes a hardcover jacketed edition of each Bear book and a new poster designed and created by Eric Carle, featuring Brown Bear, Polar Bear, and Panda Bear. This is a gorgeous package with great appeal.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear fans will rejoice to discover the Brown Bear & Friends Gift Set by Bill Martin Jr, illus. by Eric Carle, under wrapping paper this fall. Three hardcover books plus a poster that integrates the starring trio come in a handsome corrugated box. In addition to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, the set also includes Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805076288
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Brown Bear and Friends Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Martin Jr, a former elementary-school principal and now a teacher, writer, and poet, holds a doctoral degree in early-childhood education. His many books-among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom-are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Born and raised in Kansas, Mr. Martin now makes his home in Texas.

Eric Carle was born in the United States, but spent his early years in Stuttgart, Germany. His many innovative books have earned him a place in the canon of classic children's literature. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the first book he illustrated; he then went on to write and illustrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, as well as many other books for children. Mr. Carle works in a studio near his home in western Massachusetts.

For info about the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art visit: http://www.picturebookart.org

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Reading Group Guide

Collage Art

The art in all the Bear books is unique and done in the traditional Eric Carle collage method. Have children replicate such art by painting white tissue paper with various bold colors and textures. Once dry, have them cut the paper into various images of choice to create a collage-style work of art.

Create Your Own Book

Popular zoo animals are featured in Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Ask children to describe other animals found at a zoo (giraffe, gorilla, tiger). Create your own version of the book. Children can work in pairs or individually. Distribute any size piece of oaktag to each group and have them place their artwork in the center of the oaktag. Then cut out a rectangular piece of paper or oaktag to cover the art. Adhere it at the top creating a flap to cover the art. Draw black lines on the flap making each cover look like a cage in the zoo. The text should be written above and below the flap. For example: Gorilla, gorilla what do you hear? I hear a tiger roaring at me. Lift the flap and there is a caged tiger!

Animal Masks

The last page of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? portrays children dancing with animal masks. Have children create their own animal masks using any medium of choice, such as paper plates, construction paper, etc. Have children select animals from any of the Bear books. When the masks are finished, the children can march in an animal parade acting out each animal’s sound and/or action (a mule deer running, etc.).

What Do You See?

After reading all the Bear books, reread the last line in Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?: “Dreaming Child, Dreaming Child, what do you see?” Ask the children what they see in their dreams. Continue the book by having each child complete the sentence: I see ________.

Adopt an Endangered Animal

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? addresses the issue of endangered species and highlights ten out of five thousand possible animals in jeopardy. Discuss the concept of an endangered animal: what it means to be endangered; what should be done; what we can do as a community; the importance of preserving all living things. Decide upon a course of action that would draw awareness to such an issue. One  activity might be to adopt an endangered animal.

The Five Senses

The Bear books highlight two out of the five senses—sight and sound. Use these books to launch a lesson on the five senses, in particular taste, touch, and smell. Challenge children to write (or recite) what the various animals would eat, feel, and smell. For example, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You Eat? would highlight what each of the native North American animals might consume. Have fun adding adjectives to describe the food!

Sequencing

The animals in each Bear book appear in a particular sequence. Challenge children to remember the order of appearance of each animal. Have the children draw each animal character. Children may want to work in pairs, as there are ten animals per book. Once the art is completed, then begin by reading the first sentence of the book and have each animal pair stand when appropriate. See if they can remember the correct order for each cast of animal characters!

Brown Bear’s Birthday Party!

Celebrate Brown Bear’s 40th anniversary by throwing a bear birthday party. Have children bring their favorite bear to the party or create papier-mâché replicas of any of the animals found in the Bear books. Read the Bear books, act them out to music, eat, play games, and enjoy the celebration!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2005

    A Must Have for Every Child's Library!

    I cannot recommend a better series of predictable reading books for anyone's library. Read thse books to your children with enthusiasm and they will soon be repeating your words. These books are beautifully illustrated and are an essential part of learning how to read. Make it fun! Play with the words! My 2 year-old granddaughter began 'reading' it on her own after hearing it once. They remember the rhythm and use the pictures to 'remember' the text.

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