Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You SeeAuthor: Bill Martin, Jr.

Illustrator: Eric Carle

My rating: 3.5 of 5

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is an adorable picture book in which various animals are asked what they see and each replies, pointing to the next creature in line. Sounds kind of stupid, I know, and it’s certainly not “story” material by any means. But it’s cute, and it teaches both colors and animals in an interesting way. Definitely intended for a really young audience though, and not much redeeming value for adult readers. Except for maybe the illustrations; Eric Carle is wonderful. My one complaint (not sure if you’d really even call it that?) is that you’re going along through the animals quite nicely, then all of a sudden the teacher and the classroom are thrown in. It’s like, “where on earth did that come from? Couldn’t they find a grey elephant or a pink moose to finish?” It’s just a little jarring, that’s all. Still, overall I think Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a fun read-aloud book for smaller children.

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