Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Read with Me! Book 23 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr. (Pictures by Eric Carle)

This book and the others in the same line (like Baby Bear, Baby Bear What Do You See and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear) are some of our favorites. When we have one checked out of the library, we read it so often that she doesn't even need me to read it, she knows what's coming up next before I turn the page. If you read the other "What do you see?" books there are some great action words like slipping, gliding, climbing, flying and strutting. It's fun to try to do those actions while pretending to be the animal!

This book only has the phrase "looking at me" which can lead to working on:

Senses: I would start with talking about the senses. It's important to know the five senses and which body part does which. Each animal is simply presented so you can ask how each one sees or hears or tastes or smells or feels. Some pages may be a little challenging...like how does a bird hear without ears? But it can lead to some great conversations with older children. For younger children I would only pick one sense that was obvious for each animal.

Colors: This story is full of beautifully colored animals! If your child is learning colors you can read the first page then ask what color the animal is: "Redbird, redbird, what do you see? What color is the bird?"

Vocabulary: Brown Bear, Brown Bear is full of simple animals that you can point to in order to work on naming animals. Then at the end of the story you can review all of the animals on a two page spread! In the Baby Bear, Baby Bear What Do You See? some great North American animals are featured including a flying squirrel, a prairie dog and a screech owl. If your child has mastered the duck, sheep and frog of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, some of the other books can introduce your child to new animals to learn!

For some more activities that go along with Brown Bear, Brown Bear check out my pinterest page :)

If you'd like this book (or any of the others), I have a link to it on Amazon or go check out your local library!


These are great books to read over and over (and over and over!)! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Which one is your favorite?

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