The rhymes are beautiful, and the book certainly has this read aloud quality to it. I would have no problems reading it over and over again - and my daughter loves it. I also love the premise and ending of the book how it turns out that all these animals were actually children in disguise. very simple book, very clever. I used to read it to my daughter when she was. She is now 5 and still loves it.
I already enjoyed "Brown Bear Brown Bear" and hoped to have somehow the same - actually it is, but the sounds of some animals are a little weird and we sometimes have to think for a while. I use this book in English Kita Session in Germany - maybe this is why I think its hard ;) But still: it makes a lot of fun to use this book in course and the kids love to be active and loud (:
My 15-month old son whose favorite book has been Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You see? has found a new favorite in Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You hear? He shrieks with delight as he hears us make the animal sounds and sees the colorful illustration, Mr. Carle is so well known for. My question is, What next? When can we expect the next in series of wonderful tales of animals living in perfect harmony, accompanied by the beautiful illustrations??
Your two and a half year old can read this book by him/herself after you read it with them a few times! It is my daughter's favorite just like the Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? book by the same author. The kids like to peep at the next page and see which animal it next and then read it. They learn a lot of new words from this book such as hissing, braying, bellowing, etc. And the most impressive thing is my daughter has learnt how to pronounce certain hard words from this author's books and she does just fine. At her age, she can actually say "boa constrictor" (one of the animals in the book) very clearly and with such innocence she reads the third last page as follows: "zoo peeker, zoo peeker, what do you hear? instead of zookeeper zookeeper! Thank you Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle, for creating this book. I have had this book for months and my daughters still love it. It is nothing but the BEST !!!!
If we were to list our son's top five favorite books, Eric Carle's would make up 3-4 of them. Our son loves Polar bear and Brown bear because they are interactive and fun. The illustrations are excellent, and he never tires of hearing the stories.
Small children (18 mos-4yrs) will enjoy mimicking the animal sounds and following along with the melody of this tale. The repetition of the story, as with many of Mr. Carle's books, helps my 2-yr old child participate and enjoy the reading experience to the fullest. These are his favorite books.