Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle has become a firm favourite in our household over the last few weeks. The babies, aged six months, love the words and looking at the brightly coloured pictures. They are engrossed in the story from start to finish, sometimes looking at the pages but often looking at me as I say the words. It is a wonderful experience sharing this book together over and over again. We have enjoyed this story so many times that we actually no longer need the book and recite the text at any time, in any place and for any occasion. Twice through it is the perfect length for a complicated nappy change and once through is enough to calm and sooth the most tired and tearful of babies. Here in the Nairn Henley household, we love this book!
It can be used to learn the names of simple animals, for counting all the animals that have been seen. It can be used to learn animal noises and the colours of the rainbow too. We often complement the text by singing I Can Sing A Rainbow afterwards. Esther tries really hard to join in the singing which is just sooo cute!
I really recommend this book as a first try if you are not confident at reading aloud. The text has an easy rhythm and lends itself to being read aloud. The babies soon learn the rhythm of the text and the intonation of my voice. They can almost anticipate what is coming next and always giggle in the same places though I know they do not recognise the actual words.
A final tip that makes the enjoyment of this story even greater for my two is that instead of seeing just children at the end our monkey specifically sees Esther and William, and they love hearing their names in the text.
I hope that you will try out this book for yourself if you have little ones like mine, I am certain that they will love it and you will find many uses for many ages so that it can be enjoyed time and time again.
This link will take you to a video where you can hear me reciting the text to William and singing a rainbow with Esther.