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Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (Bill Martin's Bears #3)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  26,499 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
The third book in the bestselling Bear series, now in board book format

Thirty-five years after their first groundbreaking collaboration, the creators of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? reunited to address the important topic of animal conservation. A Bald Eagle soars, a Spider Monkey swings, a Macaroni Penguin struts,
Board Book, 28 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published August 1st 2003)
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThrough the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis CarrollWhere the Sidewalk Ends by Shel SilversteinWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward AlbeeWhen We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
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146th out of 229 books — 17 voters
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis CarrollBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.What the Moon Said by Gayle RosengrenIf Life Is a Bowl of Cherries What Am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma BombeckWhat Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry
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Nov 07, 2011 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hildy-books
Eric Carle cheapens what once was the great Bear franchise with this egregious piece of dung. After the lyrical, almost mystical revelation that was "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," let's hope this woeful follow-up is relegated to the ashheep of history and Carle is put to death for his heinous crime. Panda Bear, Panda Bear, you know what I see? I see a grotesque exploitation of little children and a soulless money-making machine that needs to be dismantled by anyone who cares about children's literatu ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
I wasn't a fan of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, but I thought I'd investigate this, the third in the trilogy.

Yes, endangered species are an important issue, and raising the issue with young kids is important. But. You can't help but think that this was merely a money-grab. If this were truely about endangered species where is the note stating that "100% of the profits from this book will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund". And if they were really serious "this book was printed on
Sabrina Henry
This book is very much like "Brown Brown Bear What Do You See?". I liked the repetition which is easy for children to follow. I also liked the introduction of animals that are not very common. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the story line because it is very close to the original. The illustrations were awesome too.

Children usually like Eric Carle's creations, so I'll recommend one be in each classroom of young children as well as home.
Jessica Judd
Apr 08, 2011 Jessica Judd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See? is along the same lines as Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? except with different animals and actions. The animals featured in this book are wild animals such as a water buffalo and a bald eagle. This book is a predictable read-along that students will enjoy taking to a reading corner to read by themselves. This book can also increase student’s vocabulary by introducing animal names that are less common in our area so students may not be familiar wi ...more



2 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 2 out of 5
Plot: 1 out of 5

A dreaming child sees all kinds of endangered animals.

I love Eric Carle’s books since they are always so cute and almost fun, even now, even though I am an adult. Though, this one of the first ones that I have read where he works with another author. However, this time, instead of Eric Carle of writing this book
Library Quine
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Is very similar in format to the better known Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see. However, it features endangered animals and would be a simple way of introducing the topic. Like the other book, each animal leads to another, and finally the dreaming child looks at them all, allowing the reader to recap on each of the animals in turn. In Scotland a pair of Panda Bears were recently introduced into Edinburgh Zoo, and this would be nice read to lead in t ...more
Anna Harris
I read this book with my Reception class during SEB as one of their core texts for the year, and the children were completely enthralled by it. The story is very repetitive, which was good for the children as they were able to join in with these parts of the story - it became really interactive for them. They also listened intently to the less repetitive parts to find out what each animal could see. This book worked really effectively as an educational text due to the wide range of vocabulary th ...more
Aleha Begum
May 14, 2012 Aleha Begum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children learn about ten of the world's endangered animals and the animals is portrayed in eye catching collages and the book ends with a child sleeping dreaming that one day all animals will be wild and free. The children will chant the rhythmic words; make the sounds the animals make and role play the animals. Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are brilliant in children's education and children's illustrations and this is a great book for children in KS1 and can be used in a creative way within th ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
Basic Plot: Animals in the wild.

This book was identical in structure to Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, also by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Carle's colorful, distinct artwork accompanies a simple, repetitive question-response format that my little guy really loves. The only trick was getting him to say "see" instead of "hear" like he did in the other book. As before also, I wasn't terribly into it, but he was, and that's the important thing with these stories. To see him get invol
Christina Mathers
Sep 09, 2012 Christina Mathers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I chose this book because my daughter loves panda bears. The book is about wild life and patterns. Each left page starts off with a repeat of the animal, "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, what do you see?" The animal will then tell you what it sees. When you turn the page it is the animal that was just seen. The colors are wonderful on each page. The children are really into the story because they try to guess what the next animal is. I love the fact that it makes a great read aloud book and an early rea ...more
Brittany Messer
Nov 05, 2012 Brittany Messer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book, "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?" is another great book Primary children to read on their own. This book is great for kindergartens who are learning to read. Martin does a great job of repeating many of the words throughout the entire book. The text in this book is very simple and easy to follow. Many of the words are names of animals and children can easily guess the word by looking at the picture on the page. There are only a few words on each page which allows beginner read ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
There are lots of wiggle and stretch opportunities for children in this book, so in our story time we all stood up as we opened to the first page.

Panda sees a bald eagle (everyone flap wings, being careful not to bump any friends).
Eagle sees a water buffalo (everyone run in place, as if "charging").
Buffalo sees a spider monkey (everyone wave arms as if "swinging").
Monkey sees a green sea turtle (everyone paddle flippers).
Turtle sees a macaroni penguin (everyone strut in place--Charlie Chaplin st
Aug 07, 2013 Maura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son received Polar bear, Polar bear, what do you hear? for Christmas year before last and he loved it. I loved all of Eric Carle's works as a child and now love the collaborative work of Bill Martin and Eric Carle. My son picked this out during our biweekly library trip. I like that each new book is full of different animals for animal exposure. I do not think it has been cheapened by doing multiples of the same line. It is a children's book and meant to emphasize with repetition. My son know ...more
Bojan Tunguz
Aug 31, 2013 Bojan Tunguz rated it it was amazing
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 more or same as that of Brown Be
Salima Sikandar
This book is about very interesting content about the animals and their sound. It has a lot of rhyming structure which is very good for the children for the memorization. This book is full of new vocabulary about animals and their sound. Colors are so bright and attractive. In my opinion this can be read so many times and every time i read this book with my children they love it and take great interest and they make sounds like that.

About the Author:
This book is written by Eric Carle. Eric Carle
Landon Rotolo-Utz
While I don't think this book is as good as its predecessor I still think this book would be loved by children. It's use of repetition will have kids reading along and acting out the animals from the pages. The illustrations are quite beautiful and done in a style that children will find appealing.

In the classroom this would be great for early learners. I'd use this in a read aloud for kindergarteners or first graders. The use of animals will engage the students and could be a perfect opportuni
MaryMargaret Kelly
Beginning To Read

This book is so cute. I've read many books like this before and i think they are really fun and I've noticed young kids and students really enjoy them.

For young students this is a book they can have in their centers area and pick up to read on their own. The words are simple and repetitive. It's also a great book to introduce conversations to students. Each animal is conversing about what they see and so students can recognize that and have a conversation with one of their class
Personal Response- I thought the book was really cute because of the fun/colorful illustrations that take up the entire page. Repetition made the book easy to follow, while introducing names of animals that are not as common to young children. The end of the story was interesting because it shows all of the animals that were talked about. This is a great resource to practice memorization and to try and remember every animal mentioned in sequence without looking at the page and see if you can get ...more
Brittany Grant
May 27, 2015 Brittany Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 18 month old likes this book even though I feel like it is Eric Carle selling out. Of course, endangered species are a great clause. But the original Brown Bear had such a rhythmical feel to it and this is tough. "Macaroni Pengiun, Macaroni Penguin What Do You Hear?" .... I mean, come on.
Sep 22, 2015 J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, gus
This is Gus's favorite book in the world. I've grown to truly hate it.
A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
Katie Farver
In Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See? author Bill Martin uses repetitive text to engage the audience in a story that briefly introduces several different types of endangered animals. Some of the animals featured within the story include a macaroni penguin, black panther, sea turtle, a panda bear of course, and many more. Illustrator Eric Carle also helped to engage the audience with his beautiful, colorful illustrations. This book is a great way to introduce readers to the idea of conservat ...more
Katie DeBrisco
Feb 15, 2016 Katie DeBrisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you See?
Author: Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Genre: Predictable book (repeated/pattern phrase)
Theme (s): Rhymes, endangered animals
Opening line/sentence: “ Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you See? I see a bald eagle soaring by me.”
Brief Book Summary: Martin and Carle are back at it again with another fantastic rhyming children’s book that addresses the important topic of animal conservation. Many endangered animals make their appearance as they c
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. has a repetitive rhythm that goes through the different animals and how they get around. Some examples of this would be swinging and swimming. The story ends with the animals being relisted, for further repetition. The repetition is helpful to new readers, for them to be able to learn the words that are repeated so often. I also read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr ...more
Jun 14, 2016 SaraLaLa rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This book is similar to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, but a copy is never as good as the original. The writing doesn't roll off the tongue, but it's nice to see that some obscure/specific (for kids) animals are mentioned. For example: macaroni penguin (as opposed to just penguin) and whooping crane.

My husband HATES this book and refuses to read it to our daughter. She seems to be okay with hearing it, though. I don't care one way or another.
Marina McMahon
Sep 14, 2016 Marina McMahon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children love the rhymes on the book.
Brenna Haines
Sep 29, 2016 Brenna Haines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el230
Both this book and the popular "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" have a set meaning of introducing the concept of animal conservation. I feel its a very great and simple way to introduce such an important topic. Once again, you can use this book in multiple grade levels and see how the students interpret it. The issue I would have with this is that introducing this topic could be important to some people could be not so important to others who may like to hunt or fish. It could be a tou ...more
Lauren Wood
Sep 29, 2016 Lauren Wood rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el230
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Oct 13, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I love all of Bill Martin Jr.'s children's books and this one is no different. I love the variety of animals in this one especially; very good for paring with a trip to the zoo.
Colleen McCormack
Oct 19, 2016 Colleen McCormack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I loved reading as a kid that is still great reading as an adult. A book that really opens your eyes and sense as you read. I love these illustrations as well!
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Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See; Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear; Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early ...more
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