Bear, Brown Bear
by Bill Martin, Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle
Review by: Jacqueline
Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a......looking at me. What could be looking at a brown bear, you ask? Why, a blue horse, of course. These really are the words to a terrific book about colors and animals. There are more incredible animals that follow this lyrical beginning. It is a favorite of the under six age group. It gives children a chance to play with words. Eric Carle has added his wonderful collage illustrations to this magical collection of words by Bill Martin, Jr. The animals are easily recognized and memorized by even the tiniest tot. Imagination flourishes and vocabulary expands as this classic is read over and over and over . It is rhythmic to recite. It is easily memorized and "read" by most children quickly. Color recognition is enhanced by the identification of the animals. Frequently repeated words are beginning the pattern of reading.
I recommend this story to anyone under six. It will give your child a sense of mastery of the written word. It will become a favorite of all who hear it. It is a classic with a capital C.