Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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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!

Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This collaboration, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published more than thirty years ago and still a bestseller) shows two masters at their best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805017595
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 10/15/1991
Series: Brown Bear and Friends Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 80,388
Product dimensions: 8.36(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Bill Martin Jr, an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet, held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. His many books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children.

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

Collage Art

The art in all the Bear books is unique and done in the traditional Eric Carle collage method. Have children replicate such art by painting white tissue paper with various bold colors and textures. Once dry, have them cut the paper into various images of choice to create a collage-style work of art.

Create Your Own Book

Popular zoo animals are featured in Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Ask children to describe other animals found at a zoo (giraffe, gorilla, tiger). Create your own version of the book. Children can work in pairs or individually. Distribute any size piece of oaktag to each group and have them place their artwork in the center of the oaktag. Then cut out a rectangular piece of paper or oaktag to cover the art. Adhere it at the top creating a flap to cover the art. Draw black lines on the flap making each cover look like a cage in the zoo. The text should be written above and below the flap. For example: Gorilla, gorilla what do you hear? I hear a tiger roaring at me. Lift the flap and there is a caged tiger!

Animal Masks

The last page of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? portrays children dancing with animal masks. Have children create their own animal masks using any medium of choice, such as paper plates, construction paper, etc. Have children select animals from any of the Bear books. When the masks are finished, the children can march in an animal parade acting out each animal's sound and/or action (a mule deer running, etc.).

What Do You See?

After reading all the Bear books, reread the last line in Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?: "Dreaming Child, Dreaming Child, what do you see?" Ask the children what they see in their dreams. Continue the book by having each child complete the sentence: I see ________.

Adopt an Endangered Animal

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? addresses the issue of endangered species and highlights ten out of five thousand possible animals in jeopardy. Discuss the concept of an endangered animal: what it means to be endangered; what should be done; what we can do as a community; the importance of preserving all living things. Decide upon a course of action that would draw awareness to such an issue. One activity might be to adopt an endangered animal.

The Five Senses

The Bear books highlight two out of the five senses—sight and sound. Use these books to launch a lesson on the five senses, in particular taste, touch, and smell. Challenge children to write (or recite) what the various animals would eat, feel, and smell. For example, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You Eat? would highlight what each of the native North American animals might consume. Have fun adding adjectives to describe the food!


The animals in each Bear book appear in a particular sequence. Challenge children to remember the order of appearance of each animal. Have the children draw each animal character. Children may want to work in pairs, as there are ten animals per book. Once the art is completed, then begin by reading the first sentence of the book and have each animal pair stand when appropriate. See if they can remember the correct order for each cast of animal characters!

Brown Bear's Birthday Party!

Celebrate Brown Bear's 40th anniversary by throwing a bear birthday party. Have children bring their favorite bear to the party or create papier-mâché replicas of any of the animals found in the Bear books. Read the Bear books, act them out to music, eat, play games, and enjoy the celebration!

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Sound Book) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book does not open on nook hd+. Just says loading. 
PapaTom More than 1 year ago
My son of 9 months finds much joy in the board book version of Eric Carle's classic, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? He watches intently has I read each word and turn each page. There's something about the repetition of the words and the brightly colored animals that attracts him again and again to this book. When we get to the end, he cries unless I start from page one again. After four or five readings he's ready to study one page and slobber on the book's corner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will not open on my nook hd+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will not work on my nook hd .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book encouraged my son and his friend to make all kinds of animal sounds and laugh when they finally got them right and remembered them. I love to see my son laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been amazing! Our daughter packs this book in her backpack anytime we leave the house. Even to take to the park! And she most of all loves to read it to us and also her, 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' book every night before bed.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? we have been really excited and delighted with these seemingly simple and entertaining little books. We had gone over that book numerous times with our baby boy, and when he started approaching one year of age he *really* got interested in it. So we decided to take a look at some other books in the series, including this one. The premise of this little book is similar that of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: various animals are asked what they hear, and they point to other animals. All the questions are posed as simple rhymes, and this is one of the main charms of this book. The illustrations are simple yet interesting, and kids will definitely find them fascinating. Unlike Brown Bear, Brown Bear, this book eschews some fanciful animal colors (like purple cat and blue horse), and sticks with the "real" animals. This book also features some more exotic animals (like the boa constrictor) and challenges kids to learn about the creatures one can probably only see at the zoo. The book also teaches about animal sounds, something that even most adults are not too familiar with. In fact, it's the educational value of these books that I delight the most in. I have not taken a look at the other versions of this book, but the board book is definitely well designed and immensely suitable for very young kids. Could not recommend it more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son who's 21 months old absolutely loves this book and has us read to him at least 10-15 times per day. He can easily identify each animal and is also able to repeat after us and sometimes even by himself. I would greatly recommend this book for young kids and adults likewise.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Very cute. This is a good way to get a child involved in a book, with sounds.
McClendon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy reader for kindergarten. It is very repetative, and shows different animals throughout the book.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books to read to children! I love that it is full of repetition and can be read in a sing-song way. The book introduces animals and animal sounds. It is a book that engages the reader to mock the sounds while reading. This book could be used when teaching about different animals in the zoo.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book follows a whole host of zoo animals and asks them what they hear as they hear one another. Finally we get to a zookeeper, who hears a whole pack of children pretending to be various animals. They're dressed in the animal costumes, and I almost wonder if there were never really any zoo animals, only children. This would easily translate into a preschool play.
barnes08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is rich with color and pictures. The book has vast amount of repetition, also the book is about different animals sounds. At the end of the book, the zoo keeper hears the children making the animal sounds. I loved the pictures and animals. The animals are cute; however, the children dress up as animals at the end is funny. The book is thirty three pages, yet it¿s a simple book. I like how it tells what sounds the animals make. Have the kids make the sound, which the animal would make. Also you can have the kids point to the animals ears. Talk about what color the animals are.
bcbias on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read to younger children. The pictures help them figure out what is going on in the text. It's a very simple book that just goes through all the sounds different animals make. It's a great book to help teach children the different sounds that animals make. They can even make the sounds after you read a page of the book.
smmote on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has good pictures that help decribe what the text says. It is repetitive because every other page starts out as a type of animal followed by "What do you hear?" There is a variety of animals that are mentioned throughout this book, such as hippopotamus, zebra, flamingo, elephant, boa constrictor, etc. The noise that each animal hears is the animal that is on the next page and hears something else, so it is a fun way for children to learn to recognize what each animal looks like and the sound that they make.
JamieJohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun book to read and look at. This book would be great to read to kingerdarteners because there are animals on every page and you could talk about the animals and the pictures are great beause there are alot of different colors. After we got done reading the students could paint or draw there own book of animals. EAsy activities are possible!
pravs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear is a well written and illustrated picture book about various animals and the sounds they make. The book is sort of a sequel to the Brown Bear Brown Bear book by the same team (Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle). It takes the reader through various animals and the sounds they produce, with a rhyming and repittive style. It is a great book for very young children, perhaps ages 1 - 4. The illustrations are done beautifully much in the same style as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, with large shapes connecting and colors to make the animals stand out. I highly recommend this book for preK classes, and all children ages 1 - 4.
JordySizemordy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book invites the students into a world of new sounds and animals. Each repetitive page honors another new animal, and the sound that animal is known best for. The story ends with the zoo keeper hearing all the noises throughout the book.I LOVE THIS BOOK, and I always have! It is so colorful, and really gives the students an opportunity to get involved in "story time."I would have my younger students try and replicate the beautiful pictures of their favorite animal within the book. My older students could use this simple story to introduce them to beginning research papers. They could each choose an animal, and then find research about that animal to share with the class.
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Not only are the illustrations great, but the fact that it comes with the CD allows my daughter to read independently! Love all Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle books.
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