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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends) Board book – September 15, 1997

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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.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Brown Bear and Friends
  • Board book: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); BRDBK edition (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805053883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805053883
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bill Martin Jr, an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet, held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. His many 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.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2004
Format: Board book
This is a fun interactive book about the animals in the zoo and the sounds they make. It's a great vocabulary builder, since it uses words that small kids may not hear every day. The book is quite enjoyable for kids who like animals, and not at all scary. The story may get kids wound up, however, so it might not be the best choice for a bedtime story. The book has about 200 words.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Hayashi on July 4, 2001
Format: Board book
Okay, so you might not be able to make the sounds of the animals (what does a walrus and flamingo really sound like anyway?) but the words they use in this book really help out. With words like "snarling" or "hissing" or "yelping" or trumpeting", it's easy to change your voice and use your body and face to "become" the appropriate animal when you read those words. My 2-year old daughter listened carefully when I read the book for the first time, then took the book and "read" it back to me. Well, she only got the "(animal name), (animal name), what do you see?" as she paged through the book but it only took a few more days before she pretty much memorized all the lines. This only happens with a few books (like The Napping House or Clothesline) so I was pretty surprised. I think it's great for kids to learn other animal names, like peacock and hippopatamus, and other words like for the sounds they make. It gets tiring to always read about puppies and kittens or farm and jungle animals.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kristine C Bono on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Small children (18 mos-4yrs) will enjoy mimicking the animal sounds and following along with the melody of this tale. The repetition of the story, as with many of Mr. Carle's books, helps my 2-yr old child participate and enjoy the reading experience to the fullest. These are his favorite books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
Your two and a half year old can read this book by him/herself after you read it with them a few times! It is my daughter's favorite just like the Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? book by the same author. The kids like to peep at the next page and see which animal it next and then read it. They learn a lot of new words from this book such as hissing, braying, bellowing, etc. And the most impressive thing is my daughter has learnt how to pronounce certain hard words from this author's books and she does just fine. At her age, she can actually say "boa constrictor" (one of the animals in the book) very clearly and with such innocence she reads the third last page as follows: "zoo peeker, zoo peeker, what do you hear? instead of zookeeper zookeeper! Thank you Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle, for creating this book. I have had this book for months and my daughters still love it. It is nothing but the BEST !!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
My 15-month old son whose favorite book has been Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You see? has found a new favorite in Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You hear? He shrieks with delight as he hears us make the animal sounds and sees the colorful illustration, Mr. Carle is so well known for. My question is, What next? When can we expect the next in series of wonderful tales of animals living in perfect harmony, accompanied by the beautiful illustrations??
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Bayliss on December 9, 2000
Format: Board book
This companion book to Carle's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" is another winner. Rather than focusing on the visual, it focuses on the auditory: "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what do you hear? I hear a lion, roaring in my ear; lion, lion, what do you hear..." The illustrations are big and captivating and the phrasing hard to beat for young children learning how to read. Along with Brown Bear, my 3 ½ year old memorized this book after just a few readings and now reads it aloud to anyone who will listen. My only very tiny complaint is the choice of words in two cases: does a peacock really "yelp" or does a flamingo really "flute." Not sure about that. In any case, this is a classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele Giacobbe aka "The Transporter" on August 4, 2000
Format: Board book
This is a great book with sturdy pages (important for infants - especially teething infants) and beautiful, vibrant colors. The relation between text and illustration is perfect for a toddler learning about animals. My 2 year old loves to make the animal sounds as he turns the pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily Evans on October 2, 2003
Format: Board book
I bought this book for my 20-month-old daughter a few days ago because she was ready for some new books and really liked Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Well, we've read it about 15 times each day since then. She even took it to bed with her. The pictures are beautiful and it introduces some new animals that we haven't normally talked about. I would definitely recommend it.
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