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

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Annotation: Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.
Catalog Number: #238472
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 1991
Edition Date: 1991
Illustrator: Carle, Eric,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8050-1759-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-18913-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8050-1759-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-18913-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 91013322
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Twenty-five years after they collaborated on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Martin and Carle have created a new book based on animal sounds. With the same pattern used in Brown Bear 10 zoo animals each hear another animal's distinctive vocalization until the walrus hears a zookeeper whistling in my ear, and the zookeeper hears children making animal sounds--growling, roaring, braying.ÿ20.ÿ20. . Each colorful illustration of the animals in Carle's familiar style covers a double-page spread, facilitating use for read-alouds in groups. (Reviewed Nov. 15, 1991)
Horn Book
After twenty-five years, this team has produced a companion volume to their ever-popular 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' (Holt). Although this newest title doesn't work as perfectly as the earlier book, it will earn its own place in storytime collections.
Kirkus Reviews
After a full generation, a companion to a perennial favorite (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 1967). In the interim, Carle's bold, colorful art has become a bit more sophisticated, though no more appealing. The pattern is similar: in response to a query modeled on the title, each animal now hears the next—the flamingo says, ``I hear a zebra braying in my ear,'' the zebra hears a boa constrictor hissing; and so on. At the end, a zookeeper hears a group of children, each imitating one of the animals. Attractive but not quite up to its predecessor: the text seems a little strained (especially some of the attributed voices—do peacocks yelp?), and the conclusion lacks the extra levels of meaning that made Brown Bear special. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
Publishers 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.)
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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Word Count: 200
Reading Level: 2.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 6088 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.7 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q09240
Lexile: AD670L

What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page! Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This collaboration, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published more than thirty years ago and still a best-seller) shows two masters at their best. A Redbook Children's Picture Book Award winner The rollicking companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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