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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Picture Puffin) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Eric Carle
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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29 April 1999 Picture Puffin
Bill Martin's playful story combining animals, colours and sounds, beautifully illustrated by Eric Carle, now appears in a chunkyboard-book format. A simple rhymthic text introduces the reader to a menagerie of wild animals from a roaring lion to a fluting flamingo anda trumpeting elephant.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140545190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140545197
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 20 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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.

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear? is a classic picture book that will delight young children. It has a simple repetitive text that makes it easy for young readers to join in. Eric Carle beautifully illustrates this book, with bold and colourful pictures of animals.

The book follows a similar format to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? The reader is introduced to a new animal on each double-page spread. This is an excellent book for developing children's prediction skills as they will really enjoy predicting which animal will be heard next. This book would also be good for introducing the use of question marks, as each double page includes a question and an answer. Interesting vocabulary is used to describe the noises made by the animals which will challenge a young reader eg: "braying, trumpeting, snarling" etc.

This book is an absolute must for children aged 3-5, but will be enjoyed by children aged 0-7. If your child enjoyed Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? they are sure to enjoy this book just as much. --Amanda York


Carle's books all have an educational element - they teach about animals, numbers, colours and nature - but a big part of their appeal is that they are not didactic or laboured, but light and entertaining. There's warmth and humour there too (Junior)

The natural history is a source for smiles, the illustrations in collage and paint are little works of art (Times Educational Supplement)

What a spectacular picture book! . . . A treat for all ages (Books for Keeps) --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Apparently this book is good for the older child, but our sons are 24 months and 11 months and they both adore it. Reliably, this is the one they will pick up time and time again, and bring it to their long-suffering parents who will then through gritted teeth agree to read it out, making all the appropriate noises (how do you bellow like a walrus or flute like a flamingo, anyway?) until hoarse. The repetition is what it's all about, really. The illustrations are fine though stylised. I do wish that the "boa constrictor" was a generic "snake" as I suspect my children will now grow up thinking all snakes are boa constrictors.
I have given this book 5 stars because that is what it would get from the children. I have to admit that unlike the Dr Seuss books, which I never tire of reading again and again, I do get heartily sick of the sight of this one. Having said that, it is not full of all-white or all-male characters (by which I mean animals which are 'he') in the manner of so many children's books.
Your children will love it. You have been warned...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a favorite in my home childcare! 11 April 2000
By A Customer
We sing the lines to this wonderful book. We make the sounds of the animals, and although we have read the book so many times the pages are worn, the kids do not mind. I have just as much fun as they do reading this wonderful book that teaches colors, names of animals, and more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for toddlers 2 Jan 2008
Format:Board book
We got the board book version of this book out of the library for our nearly two year old, and she loves it! The illustrations are fun and colourful, and the story is simple with easy rhymes and repetition. A perfect book to read aloud at the end of the day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely introduction to animals and their sounds 20 July 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter adored this book, especially as she loves anything to do with animals. I bought a second copy for her class at the local school in France as they are just starting to learn english. It is very popular and holds their attention. Worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 11 Feb 2009
If you like Brown Bear Brown Bear, what do you see? then you will love this one just as much.

My boy is 2.5yrs old and has enjoyed the brown bear book for a little over a year now. Having the same familiar prose has made this one a firm favorite too. Great for learning new animals and teaching the sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
By Tiger
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Love Brown Bear version, this is just as brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice toddler book 10 Jun 2014
By Willow1
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lovely book, my 2 year old girl loves it. We also have 'Brown Bear, Brown bear what do you see?' which I prefer because it is much simpler & teaches the colours aswell. In this book a snake is called a boa constrictor - hardly a name that a 2 year kid needs to know! Also it is difficult to make all the sounds effects but overall a good book with repetitive language. Would recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars signing 14 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A good book to use with STC signing. The children love it and can join in with it all together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant to interact with your child love the book
My little boy loves this book bought him soft toys to match animal pictures gets so excited, going to get brown bear book for him
Published 5 months ago by Julie ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality book,popular with the children.
I wasn't sure about ordering a board book (it was a present for my nephew) but when they arrived (I brought 'The very quiet cricket' at the same time) I was impressed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MR P ROLLINSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for 4-6 years old
My Daughters enjoyed it. It is simple and easy to read. It is full of information where kids start asking questions.
Published 8 months ago by Mustafa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Followup to Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
4.0 out of 5 stars little hard booking
This book was smaller than what I thought. Great hard book in great condition, great colour and writing. Ideal for little ones.
Published 12 months ago by m
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, poor condition
The story itself is lovely and the illustrations good. However, this was a second hand copy and although it was listed as 'very good condition', the outside was quite worn and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by heather
3.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the tin
does what it says on the tin, ie introducing animals to the baby/toddler. I am not fond of the design however, and it does not necessarily spur the imagination.
Published 15 months ago by Romantic Realist
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby loves it
Clear, visually stimulating pictures and excellent patterned, rich text. It has a lovely momentum and opportunities for putting on silly voices, which makes it great to read... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Seeseamuckjay
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My grand-daughter (aged 2) loves Brown Bear, Brown Bear and this is equally good! I love Eric Carle illustrations and the simple text.
Published 16 months ago by Becksy
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating for a 10 month old
My 10 month old son absolutely adores this book. The repetition of a key phrase throughout the book ensures that a small child can follow the gist of what it is about. Read more
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