Title: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
Written by Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle
RRP: $16.99 (($AUD)
Published by Penguin Random House

The large format soft cover book is as timely and gorgeous as it has ever been. An unknown narrator asks each animal in turn what they see. The animal they see is the next animal to be asked. The verbal text is simple and repetitive, perfect for a young audience in a read aloud session and also perfect for early literacy sessions in the classroom. The pictures are Carle’s trademark collages using painted paper. Many, many classrooms around the world, mine included when I taught younger grades many years ago, would have copied this technique during art sessions after reading Carle’s many books.

This gorgeous 50th anniversary edition of the iconic Brown Bear, Brown Bear includes an audio CD of Eric Carle reading the text. There are two recordings, the first is a straight recording with no pauses in the reading, the second includes a noise to indicate when the pages should be turned.

This beautifully produced classic would make a novel gift for someone turning 50. It should be stocked in every school and public library, in multiples. It is perfect for the early years classrooms and literacy sessions, and for young readers’ collections to visit again and again.

What is your favourite Eric Carle book? Why is it your favourite?

Many thanks to Penguin Random House for supplying this book for review.