Polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear?

Bill Martin, 1916-2004

Book - 1991

Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : H. Holt c1991.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
9780805017595
0805017593
Main Author
Bill Martin, 1916-2004 (-)
Other Authors
Eric Carle (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

It's been 25 years since these two talented men put their heads together, but the fruit of their latest collaboration is well worth the wait. Continuing in the spirit of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , their new book incorporates the same clean design and crisp text, but this time the action takes place at the zoo, where elephants, hippos, lions and such are asked what they hear--each answer leads to the animal on the next page, and culminates with a zookeeper who ``hears'' a pageful of multiracial children disguised as their favorite animals. Carle's characteristically inventive, jewel-toned artwork forms a seamless succession of images that fairly leap off the pages, and educator Martin, ever tuned in to what children like best, has assembled a thoroughly rowdy menagerie--including a fluting flamingo, bellowing walrus and hissing boa constrictor, to name a few--imitations of whose sounds will doubtless soon be echoing in many homes and classrooms. A visually and aurally splashy work, this is a splendid successor to Brown Bear , one that no fan of that popular bruin will want to be without. Ages 2-4. (Oct.) Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1-- In a logical sensory follow-up to Martin's and Carle's wildly successful Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983), this dynamic duo now offers sounds. The polar bear hears a lion roaring, who hears a hippopotamus snorting, who hears a flamingo fluting (!), who hears a zebra braying, and so on through a varied list of animals. At last the zookeeper announces that he hears children roaring, snorting, fluting, etc. While the format is very similar to the previous book, Carle's trademark collages have never been more beautiful. Huge animals fill the double-page spreads, glowing with light-filled colors, sans superflouous background. Teachers will smile with delight when they see this wonderful book, and students are sure to utter the familiar request, ``Have you got another one like this one?'' --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A trip to the zoo introduces the world of sounds and hearing as it captures the diverse sounds that animals make.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The rollicking companion to bestselling children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This collaboration, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published decades ago and still a bestseller) shows two masters at their best. What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child?Lots of noise!Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page!A Redbook Children's Picture Book Award winnerThe rollicking companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?