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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Board book – September 15, 1996
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The Origins of Brown Bear
On a train ride in 1966, the title phrase Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? popped into Bill Martin Jr.'s head. Later, he spotted an illustration of a red lobster in a magazine and contacted the creator, Eric Carle, to ask if he would illustrate his poem. So began Eric Carle's career as a children's book illustrator--along with a life-long collaborative friendship with Bill Martin Jr. Since then, Brown Bear and the three companion titles, Polar Bear, Panda Bear, and Baby Bear, have gone on to sell millions of copies worldwide.
The Bear books are a cultural landmark and a key milestone in many children's reading lives. And many adults today remember reading the Bear books themselves as well as the experience of reading them for the first time to their own children. Whether in a picture book or a reader, and now in eBook and audio, the same bold graphics and repetitive, rhythmic text have truly stood the test of time.
Throughout Eric Carle's career, he has shown an unshakeable commitment to artistic integrity and a dedication to making art accessible to children. His skillfully designed and beautifully rendered collage art is admired by fellow artists, colleagues and fans in equal measure. And in 2002, with his wife Barbara, Eric founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, the first museum of its kind in the United States.
--Laura Godwin, Vice President and Publisher, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
A Question for Eric Carle
Before the Bear books, you worked in advertising but had not yet created a children's book. What went through your mind when you first heard from author Bill Martin Jr. about the Brown Bear manuscript? What made you want to illustrate it?
Eric Carle: At that point I was doing work-for-hire and I was very pleased to have the chance to do something different. I went through the manuscript and could see in my mind images of bright colorful animals, big and bold and simple like in posters. I was actually able to finish the art for this book and deliver it in one weekend. The whole process felt right and I was very excited by the opportunity to work on the book with Bill, which really changed my life and set me on the true course in my career.
Eric Carle at work in his studio, Northampton, MA
Sketches of Mama Bear for Baby Bear
Eric Carle, holding a sketch from Baby Bear
Top Customer Reviews
I know it seems like a simple book, but there's a lot more depth to be uncovered on repeated readings, as I've had the luxury of experiencing every night (and sometimes multiple times during the day) for the last three months.
It opens with a simple question: "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?" And if you were to judge this book by its cover, you might assume the bear to be the protagonist of the story. But as it unfolds, we are...
*** SPOILERS BELOW ***
... taken through a tour of the real and familiar (brown bears, red birds) along with the fantastically surreal (blue horses, purple cats). And despite the cartoonish illustrations and unassuming prose, we come to find that this is a world of paranoia and domestic surveillance. A world where neighbor spies upon neighbor.
"Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?"
"I see a red bird looking at me."
"Red bird, red bird, what do you see?"
"I see a yellow duck looking at me."
The book begins with a lie. When the red bird is asked, "What do you see?", the correct answer is "a brown bear." But she does not admit that she is spying on the brown bear, only complains that the yellow duck is spying on her.
As the pages turn, we learn that all characters are being watched: from the strong (the bear), to the useful (blue horse), to the outcast (black sheep). We learn that all characters know that they are being watched (presumably, this keeps them in line).Read more ›
Aided by Carle's unique illustrations, this book begs to be chanted by the parent who will be reading it for the umpteenth time. ("Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me. Red bird, red bird, what do you see? I see a ....." etc., etc.) The cadence and rhythm of the words have fascinated my youngsters as they learn to identify different colored animals populating the pages of the book. Strictly a teaching tool, the book does not have a story per se, but it seems to be just right for the child who is just beginning to discover the larger world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew the book before I bought it, I just wanted my little one to have a copy of her own.Published 1 day ago by Cherie L. Hanson
One of my favorite books as a kid, got it as a baby shower gift for some friends. Great quality and the "My First" added content will be very useful.Published 1 day ago by Jimmy Fermin
Very good read. My son read it with ease. I would recommend this book. Mr son enjoyed this read. Thanks!Published 3 days ago by Domino
my son loves this book. I love how it rhymes, it teaches him his colors and animals too. I'd recommend getting the cardboard one. it prevents tears to all the pagesPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great board book
Very repetitive (which can be positive or negative)
Fun read for 2-4 or mabe 5 years... Read more