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The book itself has little to no plot. Instead, the narrator asks various animals what they see with the response usually being another animal, the respondent is then asked what they themselves see, and the process is repeated. It features a Brown Bear, a Red Bird, a Yellow Duck, a Blue Horse, a Green Frog, a Purple Cat, a White Dog, a Black Sheep, a Goldfish (Orange Fish), a school teacher, and children. The 1984 British edition of the book subs a monkey for the teacher. Carle explained that variations in text between editions (mostly on the last page) were due to Martin, and that he made new illustrations to go with the changes.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr. / Eric Carle
Brown Bear, brown Bear, What do you see? I see a red bird looking at me.
Red Bird, Red Bird, What do you see? I see a yellow duck looking at me.
Yellow Duck, Yellow Duck, What do you see? I see a blue horse looking at me.
Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me.
Green Frog, Green Frog, What do you see? I see a purple cat looking at me.
Purple cat, Purple cat, What do you see? I am seeing a white dog looking at me.
White Dog, White Dog, What do you see? I see a black sheep looking at me.
Black sheep, Black sheep, What do you see? I see a goldfish looking at me.
Goldfish, Goldfish, What do you see? I see a teacher looking at me.
Teacher, Teacher What do you see? I see children looking at me.
Children, Children, What do you see?
We see a brown bear, a red bird, a yellow duck, a blue horse, a green frog, a purple cat, a white dog, a black sheep, a goldfish, and a teacher looking at us. That’s what we see.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? Book Read Aloud YouTube Video.
So what conversation will you have with your child after reading this book?
Some questions you might like to ask are:
What did the white dog see?
A Black Sheep
What did the teacher see?
Who is the writer of this story?
Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
What did the blue horse see?
What other conversations or questions might you add? Please leave a comment below.
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