Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin, Jr. is a classic picture book and story-time favorite. It is packed with vibranillustrations made from tissue-paper collages by Eric Carle. Eric Carle is a distinguished illustrator, infamous for painting tissue paper with acrylic paint to construct collages. You’ll have to read the book to see more of his fabulous illustrations!

For more information about how he creates his pictures, view a tutorial:

Each animal sees and introduces the next animal in the book, whether it is

the redbird, the purple cat, or the yellow duck.

The steady tempo, repeating pattern, and rhyming of

 “me” and “see”, inspires children to sing along:

Purple cat, purple cat, What do you see?”

“I see a white dog looking at me.”

Near the end, Martin veers away from the pattern.

Rather than meet more animals, there are children!

This addresses an audience of children, personally prompting them to recall each animal in the story, one after the next.

 (This makes it a FANTASTIC read-aloud book!)

“Children, children, What do you see?”

It is wonderful for children who are learning how to read because they will be exposed to phrases used consistently throughout the book, and they will start to recognize them page after page. It will even help children identify animals and COLORS!

Click here for a reading by Bill Martin, Jr.:

enjoy! 🙂



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