Book Review: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

Brown Bear Book Cover

Book Cover


Eric Carle is very famous for writing the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Many children love the book. It is one our favourites too. However, my 2 year old is more into, maybe a lesser known, Brown Bear. Eric Carle did the drawings so it looks rough like the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Bill Martin Jnr. wrote it.

It is not a story per say. The text is repetitive, ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see, I see a red bird looking at me. Red bird, red bird what do you see….” It is this repetitive style as well as the fact we sing it, has my daughter hooked on to it. While she cannot read, she is definitely having fun, putting in her own characters in places.

Brown Bear Last Page, all characters

Brown Bear Last Page, all characters

It is also an introduction to colours. Each character in the book has a colour. Some do not make sense like a blue horse or a purple cat but it is a children’s book, I am not bothered about right colour, gender, or anything like that.

I highly recommend Brown Bear to anybody looking for a book for children. For younger children, maybe a board book version like ours.