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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator)

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"To celebrate this beloved book's 25th birthday, Eric Carle has energized his original artwork, providing bold, fresh colors and his now familiar menagerie." --Publishers Weekly


"To celebrate this beloved book's 25th birthday, Eric Carle has energized his original artwork, providing bold, fresh colors and his now familiar menagerie." --Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Four decades and 7 million copies ago, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? first appeared in bookstores. The first collaboration of Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle earned laudable advance notices, but no one anticipated that it would take off like wildfire. Now the publisher honors this picture book classic with an anniversary edition that includes an audio CD containing the full text, plus commentary by Martin and Carle.
Barnes & Noble Staff
Eric Carle's double-page tissue collages and Bill Martin's friendly chant unite to create this vibrant introduction to colors. The first line of the book is the title, to which a big brown bear responds,"I see a redbird looking at me." The redbird responds with another animal and so on, until a mother (or a teacher, depending on the edition) asks a group of children what they see. A wonderful read-aloud for either a group or individuals, this book is a favorite for teachers.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Many new board books are re-releases of beloved books, now made more durable for babies who will first love the books' rhythm and rhyme in infancy and continue to love the story as toddlers. Among the classics making a new board book appearance is Martin's wonderfully rhythmic Brown Bear with illustrations by one of the best in the business, Eric Carle.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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
From the Publisher

“The contemporary classic . . . perfect for sharing with a group of preschoolers.” —The Horn Book Guide

“A picture book full of rhyme and repetition that will appeal to preschoolers. Carle's large collages bursting with color are perfect for the text.” —Booklist

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio on Book and CD Set
Read this to your toddler or sit back and listen as Gwyneth Paltrow does the many voices of the creatures in this classic.
Learning magazine
Make a memorable listening experience!
Babble.com on Brown Bear & Friends
Perfect for popping in the CD changer and handing your tot the book version for car rides, Gwynnie brings these animal tales to life the way a true mom (or dad) always does - by doing all the 'voices.'

Product Details

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
Brown Bear and Friends Series
Edition description:
25th Anniversary Edition
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.61(d)
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 2 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children's books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004.

Eric Carle is one of America's leading children's book illustrators. In addition to the classic children's books he created with Bill Martin, Jr., he is author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
ReadingToLena More than 1 year ago
I started reading this to my daughter shortly after she was born. I found that making the animal sounds while reading engaged her attention, even as early as only a few months. Over time she began to pick up on the sounds and make them herself. She's 20 months now and we read this book "together" - I read the words, she makes the animal sounds. Sometimes I even catch her "reading" the book alone - flipping the pages and making the sounds for each animal. I have several other Carle books and am a huge fan of all of them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally enjoyed this book as a child. The book is filled with bold colors and all sorts of animals. Its context is easy to read and understandable which helps the child follow the story and not become apathetic. Every page gives you a beautiful full size picture of an animal to look at and the intriguing feeling as to what animal will come up next. Because of the books rhythmical storyline it helps the child read along even if he or she cannot read yet. The books story is almost like a song. Not only will this book help your child follow a great story it will help them develop skills such as colors, shapes and names of animals. I would recommend this book to children of all ages especially beginners. They will enjoy this book every time.
DavidL More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book to my 16 months old sun. He sits quietly through the entire book - looking at each page. We even read it a couple times making all the animals sounds. No other book I've read to him consistently keeps his interest. A must for early readers!! And for older kids I recommend the series of "Why Some Cats are Rascals"
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was THE first book my daughter really liked. Something about the big yet simple images on the page really drew her in. It was her favorite up to about 14 months of age. Now she is moving on, but it was the only one she liked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 9 month old loves this book! That's actually one of a few things hat calms her down when she's cranky. You have to pretest to make the animal noises and  your baby will absolutely love it!
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was another Kohl's Cares book.  When I bought it for my son, I thought he'd like the illustrations, which he does.  That he also enjoys the text is a bonus. As a children's librarian, I was not a fan of highly repetitive books.  It is hard enough to hold the attention of twenty to thirty toddlers or preschooler without running the risk of potentially boring them.  As the mother of a budding reader, I do love some repetitive books.  My four-year-old reads this book right along with me and that is wonderful.  Eric Carle's artwork makes all the difference. Eric Carle's artwork, as I've said before, practically hums with life.  It is vibrant and engaging.  It is distinct and charming.  It is wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended! My first grandchild loved it and anticipated the next page, which is the beginning of reading. Bought it for my next grandchild.
cisaac More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised there are no ratings for this book. I'm a speech language pathologist and recently starting using this book during my therapy session with preschoolers. They love it. It's an easy read and since it repeats often, its provides children with an enjoyable learning experience. I don't have to keep telling them to &quot;say this&quot; or &quot;say that&quot;. I also use Polar Bear, Polar Bear What do You Hear, which is a little more advanced than Brown Bear, but still fun.
RAWR__ More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. When I was a little girl I would have to ask my mom to read it to me every night, and I eventually memorized it to the point I could recite it back to her every night. This is the only book that sticks out in my memory and I'd have to say, it is a must have for young children! I'm now 15, and I still want this book to go nook version so I can get it and keep it forever =)
mommaof3 More than 1 year ago
My 2 almost 3 year old absolutely loves this book we read it hundreds of times a day. She has it memerized and can "read" it upside down and with out looking. She loves to show off how good she can "read" this book. everywhere we go she repeats the book and for everyone and if we put it in th ewrong order she quickly reminds us we have done it wrong. It is a great way to help you child learn the concept of what is coming next, colors and animals. Absolutely a great book for any little one. She is always "reading" to her older siblings because they always get to read to her now it is her turn.
MommaLynne More than 1 year ago
My child LOVES this book. We "sing" it all the time! It is great for learning colors.
grandmajeanette More than 1 year ago
My 16 month Grandson, Matthew loves this book. He says, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear and goes and gets me this book. Too cute. I'd recommend this to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son would have me read this book to him every night, sometimes 3 times before he would fall asleep. He had it memorized, and would fool many of our relatives who thought he was really reading it. The book is a classic for small children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poetry Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a book about a big brown bear that sees many things! Rhyming is the main point of the book. This book would be great for kindergarteners. The words, ¿Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?¿ is repeated before each new object is presented in the book. The illustrations are great and contain much detail. This would be a good book to read over and over to a group of children. Bill Martin Jr. is considered ¿America¿s favorite children¿s author.¿ He wrote for almost 60 years and wrote over 300 children¿s books. Martin Jr., Bill. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Henry Holt & Company.
MsMaryMM More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book to read to your preschooler. Before long, you will be reading it together.
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pegvg More than 1 year ago
We read this book to our children, our grandchildren, my students, my daughter's students, my two granddaughter's students. I purchased the book for my great granddaughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple rhyming story children love to hear and parents love to read. Includes covered pictures of each animal in a 2by 2 sliding picture...kids love sliding the door open to see, " red bird, etc". Cardboard books are excellent for infants to 3 yrs old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for children! Teaches colors and animals through the text and pictures. The pictures are interesting for kids and help them engage more in the book. The sentences are repetitive which is good for reinforcement for language development.
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