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review 2017-06-18 00:25
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jr.,Eric Carle

Genre:  Animals / Colors / Children's / School

Year Published: 1967

Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Henry Holt and Company

Series: Bill Martin's Bears #1




I have been an avid fan of Eric Carle’s works, especially of his well-known children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and one of the books that Eric Carle had worked on that I did not get the chance to read when I was little was “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” which was also written by Bill Martin Jr. All in all, this was one children’s book that children should definitely check out!

Since this story is extremely short, the summary will be brief.
Basically, the plot of this book is about the reader seeing various animals comment on what other beings they are looking at that precise moment, while each animal states a variation of this quote:

“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.”

Wow! I cannot believe that I waited this long to finally pick up this popular children’s book and it was definitely worth reading in the end! I loved the simplistic style that Bill Martin Jr. brought to this book as the plot is basically having readers see various animals in different colors popping up in the book and commenting on other animals they have seen. I loved the fact that each animal is a different color such as having a blue horse and a purple cat as it brings a unique spin to the storytelling of this book and I was quietly anticipating seeing what kind of animals we will see pop up in this book. Eric Carle’s artwork is as always, a delight to look at as all the characters are rendered in paper cut outs which gives the book a creative look and I really loved the images of the different animals that show up in this book, such as the purple cat and the blue horse!


Even though there is nothing wrong with this book, I have to wonder why it was banned in the first place? Well, it turns out that when it was banned, the person who banned the book made a mistake regarding the author of this book, who is Bill Martin Jr. and the person thought that it was the same Bill Martin who wrote the book “Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation.” Now, I have never read any of the “other” Bill Martin’s books, but this was the first instance where a book was mistakenly banned for the wrong reasons and that got me curious yet annoyed.

Overall, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” is a truly cute book for children who want to have fun with identifying animals and colors all wrapped up into one book! I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2017-06-05 14:50
The Buck Stops Here
Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard

As of now I have read or listened to all of the books in Bill O'Reilly's "Killing..." series and I just finished reading this one.


It is very good, is a fast read, is written like a mystery and this one appears to be in chronological order.  


I learned several things about the atomic bombs which I did not know as well as more about WWII history which we should all know about.


I highly recommend this book.  

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review 2017-04-08 03:33
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jr.,Eric Carle

This book illustrates and describes many different animals in the world by using the sentence repetitively  "Brown Bear, brown bear what do you see?" Then, the bear proceeds by describing animals and creatures around him. I think this book is a great choice for the classroom because it is extremely colorful, easy to read, descriptive, and is loved by many students everywhere. I would use this book for my classroom if we were beginning to work on nouns and say "Students, students, what do you see?' and proceed by letting the students tell me a noun they see in the classroom. 


Guided Reading Level - C

Lexile Level - 880L

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review 2017-04-08 03:10
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

This book is just so fun! The characters consist of letters of the alphabet and numbers. It has repetitive elements and rhyming to make it exciting.


In the classroom, this book would be perfect for introducing and learning the alphabet and numbers.


  • Lexile Measure: AD530L
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text 2017-04-08 00:08
Chicka Chicka 123
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 - Bill Martin Jr.,Michael Sampson,Lois Ehlert


Pre K-2

Chicka Chicka 123 is about teaching children to count.  The numbers get higher and must climb to the top of an apple tree.  I would use this as a fun way to teach kids in lower grades how to count to 100.  I would love to have the kids make their own books about the number's trip to the top of the apple tree.

3 stars

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