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
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