Baby Bear Sees Blue
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Baby Bear Sees Blue

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  871 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Explore the world of color with Baby Bear!

Baby Bear has so much to learn about the world! From the moment he wakes until it's time to curl up and go to sleep, he explores outside with his mama. They see green leaves, blue jays, brown trout, and -- best of all -- a patch of yummy red strawberries.

From bestselling picture book creator Ashley Wolff, here is a clever concept b...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Beach Lane Books
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Betsy
I like to think of myself as having a low cutesy tolerance. Cute is fine. Cutesy is not. As a new mother, though, I find myself in the peculiar position of finding books cute that in my pre-maternal state I would have laughed off as saccharine. Suddenly When My Baby Dreams is a book I literally cannot stop staring at whenever it comes across my desk (it’s unnerving how it plunges me into a near vegetative state) and Someday by Alison McGhee actually causes saltwater tears to form in my eyeballs...more
midnightfaerie
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
Carolynne
Sep 17, 2012 Carolynne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Malinda, Kathryn, Abigail, Gundula
Recommended to Carolynne by: Elizabeth Bird
Beautifully written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff, this charming book tells the story of Baby Bear's dawning awareness of the colorful world around him. (The gender isn't apparent until the very end, when a rainbow is the culminating experience.) Good for teaching colors, bears, passage of time, bedtime. The carefully detailed llustrations are made with handcolored linoleum block prints. There is no Lexile measure available, but the repetitive text makes this a predictable book (meaning predic...more
Destinee Sutton
This is dumb, but I dislike the typeface used in this book, and so I just skimmed it and set it aside. Then I saw on Fuse #8 that it might be Caldecott contender, so I picked it up again. The text has a wonderful rhythm and the illustrations are great for young children. It's really a winner, even though I still question the font.

Update: I shared it with my toddler story time group and it was a hit. The kids all covered their eyes at the end and saw "deep, soft black" just like baby bear.
Melissa
Enjoyed this gentle book. I liked that it didn't try to get too fancy; just set up a rhythmic back and forth between the mother and the child and didn't get its own way. I really liked looking for the mouse, who wasn't on every page...but looking for her meant I found lots of other great details!
Elena
I'm not normally a fan of color-centric picture books (so repetitive...so boring...), but this one has lovely illustrations a really nice, quiet story that would be a great way to end bedtime storytime.
Samantha
Nature, colors, animals, all in one good book! Baby Bear asks Mama Bear questions about items in his environment and each answer is an introduction to a new color. Great read aloud!
John
A beautiful picture book for introducing colors.
David
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff follows a baby bear who, with his mother, wanders through the day discovering colors, animals, and changing weather.

Wolff's bright, detailed illustrations were created by printing on linoleum blocks in black, then hand coloring with waterclors. Among the many animals pictured are mice, squirrels, blue jays, birds, brown trout, bees, ladybug, grasshopper, butterflies, frog, snake and deer. My favorite images are yellow cave entrance, jays, under water, butterfl...more
Joanna Marple
Opening Lines:

Deep down in the den, baby bear wakes up. He yawns and blinks and stretches his stubby legs.

Synopsis:

All babies are inquisitive and Baby Bear is no different. As soon as he wakes up he starts asking questions. Who is waving at him? Who is singing? who splashed him? And for each question Mama Bear describes the aspect of nature Baby Bear is encountering, flora and fauna and thus Baby Bear discovers his colors. The waving leaves are green and the splashing trout is brown…right throug...more
Christine Turner

Explore the world of color with Baby Bear! Baby Bear has so much to learn about the world! From the moment he wakes until it's time to curl up and go to sleep, he explores outside with his mama. They see green leaves, blue jays, brown trout, and--best of all--a patch of yummy red strawberries. From bestselling picture book creator Ashley Wolff, here is a clever concept book that combines engaging and intricate linocut illustrations with a story that enthusiastically encourages children to identi...more
Charolette
I love the bold illustrations in this book. The printing was created on linoleum blocks in black and then the hand coloring of watercolors was added. This technique made the images stand out. I like that it is a story about a mother teaching her cub about the world and patiently answering the questions in their journey outside the cave. I like the it teaches children to discover and look at the environment around them and take in everything. I like that the illustrator used simple words to descr...more
Jessica Maynard
Baby Bear Sees Blue is a great book for teaching basic concepts. This book is about a curious Baby Bear who has many questions for Mama Bear. With the turn of every page, Baby Bear learns something new. From colors to thunder, Baby Bear is discovering everything in his world. The illustrations are beautiful and immediately captured my attention. The illustrations also follow exactly what Baby Bear is seeing for the first time. Ashley Wolf did a fantastic job keeping the focus of the illustration...more
Kaytlyn Rosynek
Baby Bear Sees Blue was a hit! The illustrations stand out because the illustrator uses bright, bold colors throughout. The technique she used in the illustrations also stood out. I choose this book to be the winner of the Caldecott Medal because the book's illustrations pictorially represent the story. A baby bear is asking his mother questions throughout the story, and once his mom answers the questions as to what the baby bear sees, the page after shows what color he is seeing. Each page with...more
Jessica
The concept of this book is very simple, and nothing new if you're pretty familiar with picture books. Baby Bear and Mama Bear are out in nature, and Baby Bear keeps seeing/smelling/feeling something new. "What smells so good, Mama?" he'll say, and she'll reply, "Strawberries." Then the text will read: "Baby Bear Sees Red." (I'm paraphrasing here because I don't have the book in front of me.) There's a lot of repetition, which means that kids will love it and parents will... get tired of it. But...more
Chantee Jordan
A story made for the curious child, Baby Bear Sees Blue is a perfect nominee for the 2013 Caldecott Award. The reader is first introduced to Baby Bear and his Mama Bear in what appears to be Baby Bears first adventure. What first captured my attention of course what the artist's style. Wolff uses a very textured watercolor style that is very appropriate for the young reader. The contrast of the bright colors the black Baby Bear sees work exceptionally well. We see that Baby Bear is most inquisit...more
Kris
Lovely blend of narrative and color concepts. And springtime. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, can't wait to use it at storytime, especially after reading previous reviews! Bright and bold, the colors are beautifully blended into the illustrations -- children have to search them out, just like in the natural world. Wish I had a preschooler, so I could go out to the woods for a color walk! And the ending is perfect.

1 starred review: PW.

See also Fuse #8's Caldecott/Newbery spring prediction...more
Tasha
Baby Bear wakes up next to his mother in the den. Sunlight peeks into the den, warming him and Baby Bear sees yellow. At the entrance to the den, the oak tree waves its leaves at him, and he sees green. The jays in the trees are blue. The trout in the stream is brown. The scent of the strawberries leads him to discover red. The tickle of a butterfly on his fur shows him orange. The storm clouds are gray, but then they leave behind a rainbow. Finally, at the end of his day, Baby Bear sees nothing...more
Ed
Very cute book. According to the author the book is influenced by Blueberries for Sal, and it shows. The book is a lot of fun to read aloud, and the colors make it very vibrant. I loved the illustrations, but I do think some of them appear a bit sloppy, and detracted a bit. I still think this is one that could possibly be considered for the Caldecott Honor, and even got mentioned in Fuse 8's spring predictions
Chelsey
In the story Baby Bear sees Blue the plot was based on mama bear and baby bear’s day. The story started off in the cave with the sun rising and ended back in the cave with the sun going down. Ashley Wolff did a brilliant job at going through different colors on every other page. I also thought it was clever how she used the senses like hearing the rumble of the thunder, feeling the tickle of the butterfly, or the taste of the strawberries. The illustrations in her book were so detailed that ever...more
Teacher 007.5
This is such a cute book. We often forget that children have another perspective in which they explore the world around them. In this story, a baby bear explores his rich and colorful environment with his mother by his side. Children will love the rich and vibrant illustrations. They will identify with baby bear's curiosity as he discovers that the leaf waving at him is green. The trout swimming in the river is brown. The grumbling thunder is gray and that when he closes his eyes, he sees nothin...more
Mari
I mostly LOVED this book. I will happily recommend it and use it in storytime. As I read, I was thinking, "hmmm. . .Caldecott perhaps?" There was one thing that bothered me, though, and kept me from giving it 5 stars. Most of the pages where "baby sees" a color, the color is very prominent. I love the way she featured blue, green, and orange particularly. But the red page was very disappointing. Visually, it is a wonderful image. It's beautiful, as is the rest of the book. But I missed really be...more
Heidi
This is one of my favorite picture books published this year. Not only are the illustrations amazingly gorgeous, but the text reads smoothly and simply. I also appreciated how patient Mama Bear is with her very curious cub. She answers all his questions and lets him explore, but she is nearby should he get in trouble. This is a great book for teaching children to really see the world around them and the sights and smells that bring that world to life. It also makes for a tender bedtime story. Hi...more
Tricia
This title focuses on the concept of colors without the usual plodding and somewhat boring delivery that may occur with concept books. Baby Bear explores nature and sees the colors in different objects around him---from the yellow of the sun to the gray of storm clouds. Nice option for storytime that will delight an older toddler and preschool audience. Opportunities for audience involvement as the objects are not named...rather "Baby Bear sees yellow" but the sun is not obviously stated as the...more
Laura
A fabulous book about a bear discovering the colors in his world. After Baby Bear wakes up in the den, he discovers the sun warming him and sees yellow. The story continues with Baby Bear discovering his world and colors. At the end of the story, he and his mother see a rainbow after a thunderstorm.

In addition to being a solid text to introduce and review colors, the illustrations are charming. Full of life and energy, I especially like the fuzzy bears.

Recommended for preschool audiences.
The Library Lady
Love this--and the note that it was inspired by the immortal Blueberries For Sal only makes me love it more. It's a gentle book--not sure whether my twos will respond to it, but I think it will certainly be worth trying, and should be fun with my three and up set--either in a "spring" or a "colors" program.
Jennifer
What a lovely book! It reminded me of Blueberries for Sal and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. The book is multi-dimensional in that it goes beyond just introducing colors but also new elements of nature (e.g., trout) and active verbs (e.g., splashing, tickling, rumbling). And the artwork is vibrant. Definitely Caldecott worthy. If my girls were younger, this would definitely be a favorite at our house.
Julie
I liked this although it felt a little bit like a Frankenbook (i.e. several picture book tropes mashed together): bears + color recognition + nature + idealized child/parent relationship. I'm not getting a strong Caldecott contender vibe from it (I read it because it was listed by Betsy Bird as a possibility) but I've been wrong before. I could see it being a well received story time title.
Kifflie
This is a warm and fuzzy picture picture that shows Baby Bear learning about all the beautiful colors in nature, under the loving guidance of his mother.

The book didn't really break any new ground for me. But it would be nice to share either one-on-one with a small child or in a group storytime. The watercolors in the artwork are lovely.

Might be a Caldecott contender for some.
Lynda Shoup
This book packs a wallop. The linoleum print with watercolor illustrations are a joy to behold. The subtle posture and emotion that the illustrations evoke is delicate and made my breath catch. Not only that, but this is one of the most readable color books I have ever seen. I will definitely be putting this book on my list of books to purchase for our library.
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