Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

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The author and illustrator team behind the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? turn their extraordinary talents ot the theme of animal conservation.

Thirty-five years after their first groundbreaking collaboration, the creators of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? reunite to address the important topic of animal conservation. A Bald Eagle soars, a Spider Monkey swings, a Macaroni Penguin struts, and a Red ...

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Overview

The author and illustrator team behind the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? turn their extraordinary talents ot the theme of animal conservation.

Thirty-five years after their first groundbreaking collaboration, the creators of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? reunite to address the important topic of animal conservation. A Bald Eagle soars, a Spider Monkey swings, a Macaroni Penguin struts, and a Red Wolf sneaks through Bill Martin Jr's rhythmic text and Eric Carle's vibrant images, and all are watched over by our best hope for the future-a dreaming child.

 

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Illustrations and rhyming text present ten different endangered animals.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle -- the team who won us over with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? -- now pay homage to endangered animals in this dynamically delicate picture book.

Following the format of their legendary Brown Bear, the two showcase a bevy of fauna through Martin's flowing text and Carle's magnificent cut-paper and watercolor illustrations. Lumbering Panda Bear sees "a bald eagle soaring by me," Bald Eagle spots "a water buffalo charging by," and big-horned Water Buffalo spies a "spider monkey swinging by," while more endangered creatures splash and sneak along. At the end, the creators don't fail to bring the text back to readers themselves, when a moon-and-stars Dreaming Child imagines the book's animals together "all wild and free -- that's what I see!"

Carle's energizing artwork, combined with Martin's environmentally conscious message, make this a vitalizing must-have for your bookshelves and a superb follow-up to Carle's previous animal-themed book, "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth. Sparking kids to learn more about endangered animals -- particularly with the Note on Endangered Species in the front -- the creators shine a light on an important topic with earnestness and timely panache. Matt Warner

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Martin and Carle collaborated on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1967), Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991), Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (2003), and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (2007, all Holt). In July of 2010, the first two titles became available in an easy-reader format, and these titles complete the quartet. They do not differ from the original trade book publications in terms of either text or illustration. The lilting, infectious rhymes and bold, bright collages, remain intact. The differences come first in terms of trim size." The intention here is that children who have had an enjoyable lap-sit hearing these books will now read them independently, attracted by the more "grown-up" format. These first-reader editions include both activities and discussion suggestions to extend the stories. Libraries in need of more books for emergent readers will welcome these popular favorites.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Publishers Weekly
Now in board book, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, illus. by Eric Carle, offers a lineup of endangered species that includes a water buffalo, spider monkey, macaroni penguin and whooping crane, among others. PW's starred review of the original edition called this "another standout from the creators of a line of perennial favorites." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The bears are back! The author-illustrator team that introduced the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in 1967 return this summer with Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?. Martin's simple, rhythmic text features ten endangered creatures, including a bald eagle, sea lion and spider monkey. As with the earlier book, each page invites the child to focus on one animal depicted by Eric Carle. The engaging chant and collages show how each animal moves, whether soaring, splashing or swinging. Little ones will probably imitate these motions with delight. Especially powerful is the book's closing image: a moon-faced "dreaming child" watching over all ten creatures "wild and free." 2003, Henry Holt, Ages 1 to 5.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-While some adults may sigh at the similarity of this title to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1983) and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1995, both Holt), children will be thrilled. A water buffalo, a green sea turtle, a black panther, and other animals answer that familiar call, "What do you see?" Readers view all these creatures and more, a treat considering that the 10 animals featured are all endangered species and therefore rare sights. The book closes wistfully with a dreaming child who sees the animals all "wild and free." Names like "macaroni penguin" contribute to some awkwardness in the text's rhythm, but the bright collage images and lilting language bring the animals to life on the page-soaring, swinging, or even strutting. Opening with a helpful note on the importance of animal protection, this title will make a perfect segue into conversations about endangered species.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Another standout from the creators of a line of perennial favorites." —Publishers Weekly, starred

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805092929
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Series: My First Reader Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 170,726
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Wonderful take on the original, with a good message to boot!

    We all read Brown Bear when we were small, so of course we want to read it to our children when it's their turn. After re-reading Brown Bear with my son, and then following it up with Polar Bear and this one, Panda Bear is hands-down my favorite. The animals and illustrations are wonderful no matter which you book read, but the thing that puts this one over the top is the message it delivers. It's never too early to learn about the importance of protecting wild animals and conservation in general. I like it because this book addresses those issues in a way that it is easy for even a very small child to understand.<BR/><BR/>Absolutely a great book and an essential component to any child's library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    EXCELLENT BOOK

    The Panda Bear book is adorable and the children in my class love it. Eric Carle and Bill Martin are very talented and have intrigued and delighted my students for years with their books. The book helps provide teachers with innovative ideas for teaching units on endangered animals and to have a concern for animals and to preserve our wildlife. The illustrations are beautiful. The children are introduced to new vocabulary and animals that may be unfamilar to them. The text intrigues children and holds their attention. I encouraged the children to brainstorm a list of other wild animals and we created a class book as an extension activity. All the children are interested in other animals now besides the typical pets and farm animals they are use to. I give the book two tumbs up!

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

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    Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to

    Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? we have been really excited and delighted with these seemingly simple and entertaining little books. We had gone over that book numerous times with our baby boy, and when he started approaching one year of age he *really* got interested in it. So we decided to take a look at some other books in the series, including this one.




    The premise of this little book is more or same as that of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: various animals are asked what they see, and they point to other animals. All the questions are posed as simple rhymes, and this is one of the main charms of this book. The illustrations are simple yet interesting, and kids will definitely find them fascinating. Unlike Brown Bear, Brown Bear, this book eschews some fanciful animal colors (like purple cat and blue horse), and sticks with the &quot;real&quot; animals. This book also features more exotic animals (the panda bear of course, as well as spider monkey, macaroni penguin, etc.) and challenges kids to learn about these uncommon creatures. In fact, it's the educational value of these books that I delight the most in.




    I have not taken a look at the other versions of this book, but the board book is definitely well designed and immensely suitable for very young kids. Could not recommend it more.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Panda Bear, Panda Bear What do you See?

    Love the pictures of the animals...my son can actually relate to the animals (we have seen spider monkeys at the Utah Hogle Zoo!!) Also, the meaning behind the book - protect our wildlife, protect the endangered. I want my son to learn early that animals are important to our ecosystem and to our own sustainability. This particular book is fun to read and teaches that in an interesting and wonderful way!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See

    One of many that children like to have read to them as they can "read" along after a few times of hearing the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    GREAT for reading to grandson

    My grandson LOVES this book and the whole series. He memorized "Brown, Bear, Brown Bear..." now I read this and the others. I read via webcam. He can easlily see it and asks for it plus others in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Great learning tool

    A book that is not only fun but also informative about ten different endangered species of animals. Gets kids learning early about wildlife conservation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    HOPEFUL AND INFORMATIVE

    Wordsmith Bill Martin and artist Eric Carle are an unbeatable team. Much to the joy of parents and young readers this talented duo has joined forces once again - only their third collaboration in 35 years! It was worth the wait. With 'Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do You See?' children meet ten of the world's endangered animals - a bald eagle soaring , a water buffalo charging, a spider monkey swinging, a green sea turtle swimming, a macaroni penguin strutting, a sea lion splashing, a red wolf sneaking, a whooping crane flying, and a black panther strolling. Each animal is portrayed in Eric Carle's inimitable eye catching collages, and the book closes with a portrait of a sleeping child dreaming that one day all animals will be wild and free. An estimable hope; a book to be treasured.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    IRRESISTIBLE!!

    The children I read to adore this book, which combines information on endangered animals with a sprightly rhyme and adorable pictures. A total winner!

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