From the Publisher
“Another standout from the creators of a line of perennial favorites.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Even after more than 35 years, [Carle's] style still radiates the same remarkable elemental beauty.” The New York Times Book Review
“Carle's trademark paint and cut-out style and Martin's rhythmic and repetitive text full of animal observations engages little ones and keeps them turning the pages.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Carle's use of negative space and of sculptural line conveys not only the essence of each animal but also the energy of its movement. A fine read-aloud with a subtle, yet clear, message.” Booklist
“The bright collage images and lilting language bring the animals to life on the page.” School Library Journal
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.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's A and B and the rest of the Chicka Chicka gang-plus a colorful set of reusable, vinyl alphabet stickers in Little Simon's Chicka Chicka Sticka Sticka: An ABC Sticker Book by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illus. by Lois Ehlert (Little Simon, paper $6.95, ages 2-5 ISBN 0-689-80096-7 Oct.).
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