A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck-- all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly coloured collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.
Eric Carle is such a fantastic children's author, and this book without a doubt has to be up there as one of my favourites along with his other popular book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar''. I have read this book so many times to the children at my daycare and to my daughter and they absolutely adore it, and after about 10 times of hearing it can even pick up on the words themselves and soon begin to realise what animal is coming next. The book provides so many opportunities for children to join in with the story as it is so engaging, the book focuses on using rhythmic and repetitive texts throughout, and the illustrations are fantastic, a combination of bright eye-catchy colours with lovely examples of tissue paper collages used to represent the animals in the story, it is easy to tell what each of the animals are and with just the picture of each animal on the page it is easy to keep the children focused on this which helps them to stay engaged with the story being told, perfect for younger infants and toddlers!
The story starts off with the reader asking the Brown Bear, ‚úBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?‚Ě The Brown Bear then tells the audience what he see's. The author uses this concept of repeating the question to all the animals in the book and finally the goldfish reply‚ ™s ‚úI see a teacher looking at me‚Ě, so the goldfish asks the Teacher who then ask the children. Being a very catchy and easy to follow question children love to join in. It is such a hit in the daycare which I work in that we have recently in the nursery room created our own version of the book by taking photos of each of the children and using there names in place of the animal names and asking them who they see, whether it be a teacher or one of there friends, this has been a fantastic tool for encouraging and helping the children to learn each others names.
'Brown Bear, Brown Bear" provides so many important concepts for young children as a great means of learning for example animal names, colours, repetition and animal sounds. If you have young children or work in a daycare I thoroughly recommend you buy this book!
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