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Polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear? / by Bill Martin, Jr ; pictures by Eric Carle.

By: Martin, Bill, 1916-2004.
Contributor(s): Carle, Eric.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2011Edition: 20th anniversary ed.Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm. + 1 sound disc (CD) (4 3/4 in.).ISBN: 9780805090666 (bk. & CD); 9781427232564 (bk.& CD).Subject(s): Zoo animals -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Children's stories -- Pictorial works | Animal sounds -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Premiers' Reading Challenge : P-2DDC classification: 813.54 Read by Gwneth Paltrow.Summary: Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.
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Reprint. Originally published: 1991. With additional material.

Read by Gwneth Paltrow.

Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.

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Publishers Weekly Review

It's been 25 years since these two talented men put their heads together, but the fruit of their latest collaboration is well worth the wait. Continuing in the spirit of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , their new book incorporates the same clean design and crisp text, but this time the action takes place at the zoo, where elephants, hippos, lions and such are asked what they hear--each answer leads to the animal on the next page, and culminates with a zookeeper who ``hears'' a pageful of multiracial children disguised as their favorite animals. Carle's characteristically inventive, jewel-toned artwork forms a seamless succession of images that fairly leap off the pages, and educator Martin, ever tuned in to what children like best, has assembled a thoroughly rowdy menagerie--including a fluting flamingo, bellowing walrus and hissing boa constrictor, to name a few--imitations of whose sounds will doubtless soon be echoing in many homes and classrooms. A visually and aurally splashy work, this is a splendid successor to Brown Bear , one that no fan of that popular bruin will want to be without. Ages 2-4. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-- In a logical sensory follow-up to Martin's and Carle's wildly successful Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983), this dynamic duo now offers sounds. The polar bear hears a lion roaring, who hears a hippopotamus snorting, who hears a flamingo fluting (!), who hears a zebra braying, and so on through a varied list of animals. At last the zookeeper announces that he hears children roaring, snorting, fluting, etc. While the format is very similar to the previous book, Carle's trademark collages have never been more beautiful. Huge animals fill the double-page spreads, glowing with light-filled colors, sans superflouous background. Teachers will smile with delight when they see this wonderful book, and students are sure to utter the familiar request, ``Have you got another one like this one?'' --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. Twenty-five years after they collaborated on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Martin and Carle have created a new book based on animal sounds. With the same pattern used in Brown Bear, 10 zoo animals each hear another animal's distinctive vocalization until the walrus hears "a zookeeper whistling in my ear," and the zookeeper hears children making animal sounds--growling, roaring, braying.ÿ20.ÿ20. . Each colorful illustration of the animals in Carle's familiar style covers a double-page spread, facilitating use for read-alouds in groups. (Reviewed Nov. 15, 1991)0805017593Karen Hutt

Horn Book Review

After twenty-five years, this team has produced a companion volume to their ever-popular 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' (Holt). Although this newest title doesn't work as perfectly as the earlier book, it will earn its own place in storytime collections. From HORN BOOK 1991, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

After a full generation, a companion to a perennial favorite (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 1967). In the interim, Carle's bold, colorful art has become a bit more sophisticated, though no more appealing. The pattern is similar: in response to a query modeled on the title, each animal now hears the next--the flamingo says, ``I hear a zebra braying in my ear,'' the zebra hears a boa constrictor hissing; and so on. At the end, a zookeeper hears a group of children, each imitating one of the animals. Attractive but not quite up to its predecessor: the text seems a little strained (especially some of the attributed voices--do peacocks yelp?), and the conclusion lacks the extra levels of meaning that made Brown Bear special. (Picture book. 2- 6)

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