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Children’s Book Review: Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

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Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle

Baby BearBaby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? is the final collaboration from this bestselling author-illustrator team. Young readers will enjoy Baby Bear’s quest to find Mama, and they’ll revel in identifying each of the native North American animals that appear along the way. The central focus on the special bond between mother and child makes a fitting finale to a beloved series.

Author’s Note

North America is filled with thousands of species of wildlife. These creatures have lived in their habitats for centuries. Together, we can work to ensure that they will remain wild and free forever. This book features ten of these great American animals.

Let’s face facts, here. We’d read Brown Bear since our toddler was an infant. We tried out Polar Bear and Panda Bear. Of course we were gonna give this one a shot. For completeness’ sake if nothing else.

Our local library had it in the 14 1/2 by 18″ board book we read Panda Bear in. Honestly, except for very young of very small hands, I think that’s the ideal format. The smaller board book and the Kindle editions have their advantages, but the large images show off what Eric Carle is really doing. I half expect questions about how to make them soon. And I’m eager to share the process. Maybe even try it out.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? takes everything that worked from the previous collaborations and unites them. The visual experience of Brown Bear, the specific setting of Polar Bear, and the conservation theme of Panda Bear come together in an enjoyable final entry.

Baby Bear Snakes

The Rattlesnake from Baby Bear and the Boa Constrictor from Panda Bear

Some of the fierceness depicted in the previous volume appears to have been toned down. None of the animals look ready to eat the reader or one another. They’re mostly depicted in motion and that motion with that motion described, so there’s a secondary learning component sneaking around whenever your child is ready.

The art, as you can see above, is both distinct and improved. I’ll admit that I was surprised that our toddler could tell a giganotosaurus from a tyranosaurus. But differentiating snakes seems like another thing entirely.

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