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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child?

Lots of noise!

Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page!

Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This co
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 15th 1991 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published January 28th 1982)
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D. Pow
The key to reading this one out loud is getting into character as the animals. You've got to roar like a lion, growl like a polar Bear and hiss like a Boa Constricter. You've got to commit, go Old school Stanislavski like a young Brando. Be the frigging snake. Be the Bear. little Ones Dig it. And when you are phoning in the performance they will know that too. THEY WILL MAKE YOU PAY. So don't phone it in.

I think one key to Carle's success is his his wonderfully inventive and eye-pleasing palette
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Brad
5 stars for Eric Carle's art.
1 star for Bill Martin Jr.'s words.
= a grudging average of 3 stars.

I tried, D. I fully committed to the animals, man. I was like Robert deNiro shooting heroin for Raging Bull. I gained weight to play the purple walrus (how the hell am I going to lose it?). I painted myself with gentian violet, grew a handlebar mustache, jammed a couple of carrots under my lip and flopped around grunting.

I poured honey all over myself and rolled in flour to play the titular Polar Bear
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Jazzmarie Vedrine
This book is exciting to read and while reading, you may find that the characters of the animals create a rhythmic sound. You could easily create a melody or make this book into your own sing-a-long that will engage the children into the characters and movement of these zoo animals. The words written on each page are catchy, easy to read and easy to remember for young children. Another thing is the bold colors and the different designs and shapes of these animals.

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Michaela
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Is a fabulous book for getting children used to rhythmic words. I have read this book lots of time to children and they always enjoy repeating the story with me. It is very good in encouraging drama and role-play skills; I have used it in a cross-curricular way incorporating it in a PE lesson getting the children to pretend that that they are the different animals in the story, and to move around like them. The pages in the story are mostly taken up by s ...more
Kat
Basic plot: animals and the sounds they make.

Ok, Eric Carle's art is interesting, but I don't find it to be phenomenal. There are some good words in the text to describe the sounds animals make, but they are hard to reproduce when reading to a small child if you've never actually heard the sounds in question. Matter of fact, I would have rated this a solid 2 and moved on, BUT... my son picked up on the pattern of the pages and started chiming in to read the story with me after just a few pages.
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Melissa
E: "I don't like how it's kind of like a song."
Heather
If my 2-yr-old rated this he'd give it a 5. But he can't type so I'm giving it a 3. Love the illustrations. The "hear" part was a bit weird for me - "I hear a boa constrictor hissing at me", or whatever animal making whatever noise. Weird, but I can deal. I can't deal with the end. I hate it. The zookeeper then hears all these kids making the animal noises and they're dressed up like the animals, sort of. It's freaky. And my son looks at those strange kids and wonders what the heck they're doing ...more
Kirran
This book is about a range of zoo animals and their distinctive sounds.The polar bears can hear a roaring lion. The lion can hear a hippopotamus snorting in his ear.The hippopotamus can hear a flamingo fluting in his ear. The flamingo can hear a zebra braying in his ear. The sounds are being imitated by the children for the zoo keeper.

This book is ideal for nursery children.It is repetitive and contains rhyme.The text is very simple so it is easy for the children to memorize it. The book also p
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Annette Taylor-james
In this book the children love to make the sound of each animal, it teaches language skills and motor skills we pretend to be all the animals in the book roaring and stomping and all the other actions and sounds that goes with each animals. We did our own adaptations.
Jaylyn
Personal Reaction: A great beginners books! Another one of my favorite books growing up, I believe these types of beginners books are awesome because they have lasted for so many years that it makes me as a teacher really want to have students read them. Students anywhere from 4 to 5 or 6 would enjoy this book.

Reading in groups: This book could be fun to read in a group because it is asking a question. This could get the students involved and have them asking their neighbor what they think the P
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Angie
Synopsis: "A new edition of this all-time favorite children’s tale to delight children and parents alike. Bill Martin’s playful story introduces a parade of rowdy zoo animals, all illustrated in Eric Carle’s instantly recognisable, clean, crisp style. A perfect addition to this fun, noisy tale is a ten button sound panel. As each new animal appears on the bright, colorful pages, children will love to find, then press the right button to hear the noises that the braying zebra, roaring lion, fluti ...more
Savannah Work
"Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" is a great book to use when teaching a child color concepts. There are multiple activities that can be done using this book, it could be used to teach children about different animals as well. Because of the way the book is written, it is easy for children to catch on and read along with the teacher, it's also easy to remember.

Facts about the author:Bill Martin Jr. was born in 1916 and died in 2004. For over 60 years Bill Martin Jr. wrote children's b
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Lori Nii-amassah
I believe “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” is a book that all children will love. The colors used are vibrant and eye catching. With each new animal introduced, the same question is repeated. Children can participate by asking the question and making the animal sounds.


You could extend this book by having the children work together to put story pieces in the correct order according to the book.
Courtney
Caleb has been reading this in preschool so we have obtained a copy for ourselves. What can I say it is Bill Martin? I love his work!!! It is simple, easy to read, and both my children love him. I read him when I was growing up and I am sure my grandchildren will be as well. You can take so much from these books just besides reading but art crafts, but cooking and other fun things to do.
Salima Sikandar
Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names who has created another masterpiece story for pre-school kids called as “Polar Bear Polar Bear, What do you hear?” The book is made in rhythmic style with animals sounds usually are in the animals Zoo. The style of words written are easy and appealing to read and the lines are easy to remember for young children.
This book may help young children to get familiar and recognize animals through distinctive sound. Apart from it, they
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Hope
This Bill Martin Jr. Is great for working with young children's listening skills! I have always enjoyed reading this story in a soft, quiet voice so that the children can focus on what they're hearing and need to listen for in the story's sequence.
Dominique
I love this story because it takes a familiar children’s story and teaches a new concept to children. Children are no longer trying to see they now want to hear. I also love that they didn’t use animals that most children would find familiar this helps open up to learning about animals they maybe didn’t know existed.
Learning experience: Use Polar Bear, Polar Bear book as a model for writing our own classroom book title it “What do you Hear?” Take Polaroid pictures of each of the student, frame t
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Deja
Review: I like reading this book because I love the illustration in the book which is Eric Carle I love how in my eyes the pictures could be consider three d in my eyes. And if you ready the book like how it is suppose to be read how many different sounds each animals makes as you hear them. My niece enjoy when I made the sounds as I asked what do you hear.


Learning Experience: The learning experience would be us picking a topic on a animal which polar would be out animal. I would ask the class
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Kelly Ramsey
Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the best children authors ever. This book talked about colors and different animals. It reminds me of visiting zoo Atlanta. However, do to the sounds that the animal makes, the children will be able to match picture with sound. about the sounds that different animals make. The children as well will learn about patterning and sequencing from brown bear brown bear.This could be use on use animal life, colors, or the five senses.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE: The tea
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Shannon
It's weird that me of the past rated Brown Bear 5 stars and this one 2 stars. Guess you don't fuck with a classic.
Brittany Wood
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Is a great book for getting children used to rhythmic words. I have read this book many times to children in my class and they always enjoy repeating the story with me. It is very good in encouraging drama and role-playing skills. You can use this book to incorporate the children to pretend that that they are the different animals in the story, and to move around like them. The pages in the story are mostly taken up by simple but beautiful illustrations ...more
Tishandra Mayfield
This is a really good book that teaches children the sounds that an animal makes. This book gets 5/5 stars from me. The illustrations are very colorful and gives a clear picture of what each animal really look like. I would suggest reading this book to children that are being introduced to different kinds of animals or if children are learning sounds that animals make. The story is organized and has a rhyming scheme that will really picque a child's interest.


Have the children to make die cuts of
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Kayla H. Hoard
This book has been an all time favorite for years and years. It goes through some different animals and the sounds that they are hearing. At the end it asks a zoo keeper what he hears and he says he hears all of the animals that were previously mentioned in the book.

This book is good for teachers to ask young readers what they think the zoo keeper will hear because they will have to go back and try to remember what animals were mentioned and what sound they made and make predictions based on wha
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Rachel Harwood
This book follows various animals who hear different things as a polar bear hears ‘a lion roaring in his ear’, a peacock hears ‘a walrus bellowing’ and a flamingo hears a zebra ‘braying’ for example. We get to see animals illustrated in colour as we are shown the pink flamingo, grey elephant, colourful peacock and numerous other animals. Finally we see a zookeeper who hears lots of noises from children who are making animal noises. This book is brilliant for teaching early years children the sou ...more
Jill
I really thought I had read all the "______, ______, what do you see?" Books and so was planning to skip over this one, but my son was insistent that we bring it home from the library. So we did.

My seven-year-old read it to my four-year-old. Then the four-year-old attempted to read it to me after which she demanded I read it to her.

There are new animals in this book and each animal is listening and sharing what sounds they hear. The conclusion was unexpected and just the right amount of a twist
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Ariel S
Title: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Bill Martin Jr. served in the Army Air force during World War II as a newspaper editor. Eric Carle was also drafted in World War II but by the German army.
Illustrator: Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.
Review: This book is a great read for young children ages 3-6 years of age. It has great content memorization at the end of the book, when retelling all the characters in the book. The book also contains adorable
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Joy Colclasure
I love this book! It is just like brown bear, brown bear except that it has zoo animals and it uses the sense of hearing instead of seeing. My children always love this book. I read it during five senses week and zoo animal week. This book is so repetitive and has such simple text that it is very easy for children to memorize which makes it fun. Children also enjoy making the animal sounds as I read through the book. Of course this book has rhyming as well. I also like that it introduces differe ...more
Tony Ruiz
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear – Bill Martin Jr.
Grade: K - 2
Pages: 32
Theme: Rhyming, Repetition, Animals, Zoo
Genre: Poetry
Response: Similar to “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”, this book keeps up the repetitiveness, with more of an auditory aspect, instead of visually. I hadn’t heard of this book before seeing it on Eric Carles website, as you usually hear/read/see “Brown Bear” more often. The book is repetitive, “sing-song”ish and teaches children new and different animals
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Bojan Tunguz
Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? we have been really excited and delighted with these seemingly simple and entertaining little books. We had gone over that book numerous times with our baby boy, and when he started approaching one year of age he *really* got interested in it. So we decided to take a look at some other books in the series, including this one.

The premise of this little book is similar that of Brown Bear, Brow
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Linda
"Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" is another collaboration of author Bill Martin Junior and illustrator Eric Carle. Once again, as in "Big Bear Big Bear What Do You See?" the author uses repetition and foreshadowing to draw the readers in and keep them right up to the end. This time, the reader is introduce to sounds that animals make and ends when the zoo keeper hears the sounds and discovers it is the children imitating the animals. Eric Carle uses his magic to create animal images u ...more
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