With the important pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, these picture books have long been used as beginning readers. The new 6 x 9 trim and classic beginning reader layout create a more "grown up" version to read by themselves.
Complete with a letter from master educator Laura Robb, and with fun reading activities added, these new versions of Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? are certain to appeal to a new age group and find an even wider audience.
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Series:||Brown Bear and Friends Series|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.47(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Lexile:||AD370L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||2 - 5 Years|
About the Author
Eric Carle was born in the United States, but spent his early years in Stuttgart, Germany. His many innovative books have earned him a place in the canon of classic children's literature. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the first book he illustrated; he then went on to write and illustrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, and The Very Quiet Cricket, as well as many other books for children. Mr. Carle works in a studio near his home in western Massachusetts.
Reading Group Guide
1. Read the first part of each new spread of the book that identifies the animal on that page. Ask your students how they know by looking what the animal is. What parts of the animal do they recognize? What is the animal doing that helps them to recognize it? Ask students to support their ideas with visual evidence from the pictures.
2. In some of the pictures we can see the animals in an environment (like the goat on rocks or the prairie dog digging in dirt). In pictures where an element of the environment is included ask students to describe it and make connections between what they see and what they know about the environment that animal lives in.
3. For pictures in which there is no environment depicted (like the flying squirrel or the blue heron) ask students what they know about the animal and where it lives. Then ask them to imagine the environment they might create for this animal. Eric Carle, the illustrator of this book, used very few clues to create the environment for the animals. Ask students what clues they would use.
4. Tell your students that Eric Carle creates animal images through collagea process by which he pastes down paper in different shapes next to each other to form an animal. Before pasting the papers down on board, he paints them using tools like brushes, carpet or his fingers to create different textures. Tell students that texture is how something would feel if you could touch it. Ask students to look closely at the pictures and describe the textures they see. Ask older students if they can tell by looking how the texture was created. Have your students cut out different shapes and collage them into animals. Ask them to think about the shapes before they paste them onto the paper. What shape will make a good head for the animal they are making? What shapes will make good ears, etc.?
5. Each of the animals in the book is doing a different activity. Ask older students to come up with different verbs to describe what the animal might be doing (i.e. instead of "flying" the blue heron might be "soaring").