Fans of Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
will be delighted to see another title in this lilting call and response series. Much like their earlier picture books, Panda Bear
features a string of fine feathered (and furry and scaly) friends watching over each other. In this book, however, all the animals are endangered, from a swinging spider monkey to a strutting macaroni penguin (kids will get a kick out of that name!) to a splashing sea lion. Carles trademark tissue paper collages will be as familiar--and welcome--as the text ("Whooping Crane, Whooping Crane, what do you see?" "I see a black panther strolling by me."); young readers will quickly get the hang of the rhythm and join right in. The book concludes on a hopeful note, with a dreaming child seeing the ten f! eatured animals "all wild and free--/ thats what I see!" Martin includes a note on endangered species that may spark concern and interest in older readers--our hope for these disappearing creatures. (Ages 3 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
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Another standout from the creators of a line of perennial favorites. (Publishers Weekly, starred review
The bright collage images and lilting language bring the animals to life on the page (School Library Journal
Carle's use of negative space and of sculptural line conveys not only the essence of each animal but also the energy of its movement. A fine read-aloud with a subtle, yet clear, message. (Booklist