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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator), Stringari (Illustrator)

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With this translation, Spanish-speaking and bilingual readers can enjoy sharing in the magic of the beloved Brown Bear and his friends. Full color.


With this translation, Spanish-speaking and bilingual readers can enjoy sharing in the magic of the beloved Brown Bear and his friends. Full color.

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

“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

“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
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
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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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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.
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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
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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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Many parents have applauded their young child as they master the wonderful story BROWN BROWN, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? Now, Macmillan Young Listeners has taken the story one step further. This collection contains the audio book read by the actress Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as an oversized paperback copy of the famous story. The book contains all the wonderful and simple illustrations that Eric Carle is famous for. It's the complete repetitive story of all the animals that are found, leading up to the surprising ending. However, what this package has that previous versions of the story had been lacking is the enchanting reading of the story by Ms. Paltrow. Using her soft and flowing voice, the words that could be trying to a parent who has heard the story many, many times becomes a new and wonderful experience. The book and CD will surely keep little ones occupied. Whether sitting on the bed or riding in the car, the repeating "what do you see" will keep them laughing and guessing for hours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I grew up listening/reading these books, and this is my favorite, next too A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now I will read them to my children, I'm sure they will enjoy them just as much. Ages Newborn (never too young to listen to a good book) to 8 or can read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I teach a class of 10 three year olds and they love it! The repittion helps them remember the story and it also helps thm learn their colors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My best freind told me about this book, I purchased (3) for my grandchild, my freiends grandchild, and my niece. All three of them loved this story. All of these children are 4 yrs. old, so we are reading to them.. I have purches so very good children books from you company. The Sandwich Swap, and The Very Hungry Caterpiller. My Georgia, loves all three of these books, but, the best one so far is the Sandwich Swap, She has a best friend in her K-3 class and they sawp lunch some times. Another great book is Granny Bloomers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son adores this book. He had it memorized before he turned three years old. A definite must for every home with young children!!