Weekly Low Down on Kids Books – Baby Bear

January 23, 2013 at 2:21 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

baby-bear-480Title: Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

Author: Bill Martin, Jr.

Illustrator: Eric Carle

Publisher: Puffin

The Kiddo has definitely picked her favorite for the week, and Oh-My-Lands, if I never have to read this book again it would be too soon! It’s actually not that bad, I’ve just read this book about seven times a day for a week straight, and that’s at a minimum.  She’s at the age where she likes familiar, predictable, and oh so repetitive things.

She likes being able to tell me, “This Red Fox,” except fox sounds like something else entirely, something unprintable and disconcerting coming out of your two year old.  The x sound is not her forte.  She’ll get there, after all, she hears it enough.

Her favorite animal is the Striped Skunk.  I’m not sure if it’s the stark black and white contrast of the picture or the way the phrase sounds, but that’s definitely the page we go back to over and over again.

She likes to explain to me that the Mule Deer and the Striped Skunk are like Bambi and Flower.  That is important to her, knowing that I know that she recognizes that these are similar but not the same thing.

I like that book goes through one particular region.  When you open the book, the first thing you see, even before the title page, is that Carle has painted a forest.  It seems insignificant, but I think it’s a nice touch that sets the tone for the animals to come.  It says, “this is where you are going, the animals you discover live here…”  Then we start meeting them and it’s like taking a trip to Colorado without even leaving her bedroom.

One day, I’d like for us to build a Baby Bear diorama.  I think she would really like reciting the book while sliding a paper doll of baby bear past all his friends and on towards his mother.

Polar Bear, Panda Bear, and every other Bear book by Bill Martin are definitely on our To Buy list.  If you’re still on the fence, check out this other reviewer’s take on it: http://www.daddyfiles.com/baby-bear-baby-bear-what-do-you-see/

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