Book Review: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Rating: ★★★★☆

This is a pleasant follow-up to Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?, with the rhythmic refrain changed by one word.  This volume focuses on animals found in the zoo and the sounds they make: Polar bear, lion, hippo, flamingo, zebra, boa constrictor, elephant, leopard, peacock, walrus, finishing with the zookeeper and children, who playfully imitate the animals.  It’s characterized by pleasant, predictable repetition and Eric Carle’s wonderfully playful collage illustrations.

Like Brown Bear, this book is well suited to the preschool crowd and could make a confidence-building practice reader.

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Publication Information: Martin, Bill Jr.. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?. Carle, Eric (Illustrator). Henry Holt. 1991. ISBN: 0805053883.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04, Easy Readers, Read-Aloud Handbook
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Posted on July 12, 2010

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