Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle
     
 

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Two of the most respected names in children's education and illustration team up again after 25 years. Through a parade of gorgeously painted zoo animals, preschoolers learn precisely the sounds those animals make. Full color. Redbook Top Ten Picture Book.  See more details below

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Two of the most respected names in children's education and illustration team up again after 25 years. Through a parade of gorgeously painted zoo animals, preschoolers learn precisely the sounds those animals make. Full color. Redbook Top Ten Picture Book.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's been 25 years since these two talented men put their heads together, but the fruit of their latest collaboration is well worth the wait. Continuing in the spirit of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , their new book incorporates the same clean design and crisp text, but this time the action takes place at the zoo, where elephants, hippos, lions and such are asked what they hear--each answer leads to the animal on the next page, and culminates with a zookeeper who ``hears'' a pageful of multiracial children disguised as their favorite animals. Carle's characteristically inventive, jewel-toned artwork forms a seamless succession of images that fairly leap off the pages, and educator Martin, ever tuned in to what children like best, has assembled a thoroughly rowdy menagerie--including a fluting flamingo, bellowing walrus and hissing boa constrictor, to name a few--imitations of whose sounds will doubtless soon be echoing in many homes and classrooms. A visually and aurally splashy work, this is a splendid successor to Brown Bear , one that no fan of that popular bruin will want to be without. Ages 2-4. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It took twenty-five years for the Brown Bear to be joined by the Polar Bear, and now both are available in board book versions. The charm is not lost in a smaller version. Carle's wonderful collages fill each spread and the animals will delight toddlers as will the rhyming and repetitive text. A excellent addition to any child's library and parents may want to get the other book by this pair (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) since it may provide some relief for the many rereading that are bound to be requested. 1992 (orig.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Twenty years after their acclaimed collaboration on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Martin and Carle team up on this companion book. To the repeating question "What do you hear?," animals ranging from a flamingo to a zebra to a leopard all respond with the sound of the nearest animal hissing, braying, and growling. The text has a satisfying aural and visual closure as the sounds are reprised with a child playing the part of each noisy animal. Carle's collage-style animals are bold and dynamic.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- In a logical sensory follow-up to Martin's and Carle's wildly successful Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983), this dynamic duo now offers sounds. The polar bear hears a lion roaring, who hears a hippopotamus snorting, who hears a flamingo fluting (!), who hears a zebra braying, and so on through a varied list of animals. At last the zookeeper announces that he hears children roaring, snorting, fluting, etc. While the format is very similar to the previous book, Carle's trademark collages have never been more beautiful. Huge animals fill the double-page spreads, glowing with light-filled colors, sans superflouous background. Teachers will smile with delight when they see this wonderful book, and students are sure to utter the familiar request, ``Have you got another one like this one?'' --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
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“Teachers will smile with delight when they see this wonderful book, and students are sure to utter the familiar request, 'Have you got another one like this one?'” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A splendid successor to Brown Bear.” —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805023466
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
11/15/1992
Series:
Brown Bear and Friends Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
347,832
Product dimensions:
14.50(w) x 17.85(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 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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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
PapaTom More than 1 year ago
My son of 9 months finds much joy in the board book version of Eric Carle's classic, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? He watches intently has I read each word and turn each page. There's something about the repetition of the words and the brightly colored animals that attracts him again and again to this book. When we get to the end, he cries unless I start from page one again. After four or five readings he's ready to study one page and slobber on the book's corner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book encouraged my son and his friend to make all kinds of animal sounds and laugh when they finally got them right and remembered them. I love to see my son laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been amazing! Our daughter packs this book in her backpack anytime we leave the house. Even to take to the park! And she most of all loves to read it to us and also her, 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' book every night before bed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son who's 21 months old absolutely loves this book and has us read to him at least 10-15 times per day. He can easily identify each animal and is also able to repeat after us and sometimes even by himself. I would greatly recommend this book for young kids and adults likewise.
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Tunguz More than 1 year ago
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 similar that of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: various animals are asked what they hear, 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 "real" animals. This book also features some more exotic animals (like the boa constrictor) and challenges kids to learn about the creatures one can probably only see at the zoo. The book also teaches about animal sounds, something that even most adults are not too familiar with. 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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Not only are the illustrations great, but the fact that it comes with the CD allows my daughter to read independently! Love all Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle books.
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2rosie More than 1 year ago
Another rollicking rhyming story using your senses, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do you Hear? abounds with animal sounds. Its vibrant and zany illustrations of a variety of animals, not necessarily the top 10 your child will already know, make for a fun read. My grandson asks for it over and over. And he tries to whistle almost every time too! I have bought it for gifts because most people have Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See, but not as many have this one. I think they should.
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My grandaughters love this book, I must re-read it 5 times each time they bring it to me.
DianaRC More than 1 year ago
Just as wonderful as the other books by this author and illustrator. The rhyme and tempo make it a favorite for both kids and adults.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent to read to your children in the morning, midday, or just before bedtime. Regardless, you and your children will find this book fascinating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was literate at a very young age, I love all sorts of books especially this one. I have accelled from Polar Bear, Polar Bear..., to all of the Harry Potter Books. I love to read. I read all sorts of books. This one is a great learning experience for all children and there families. I love to do reading fairs just because it involves books. They {books} teach you so many diffrent words, places, religions, and it gives you economical backrounds on anything and everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excelent book. Recomended to young children, just learning to read!
AMK-Jaster More than 1 year ago
I did not care for this book. We enjoy reading Brown Bear and The Caterpillar books by Eric Carle, so I picked this one up without really reading it first. Please tell me who can bellow like a walrus or what does a flamingo really sound like anyway? It was thoroughly confusing for me to "try" and get the sounds the animals make correct. Why not put familiar animals in the book like a dog, a cat, or a bird?