Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Written by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle

For ages 0 to 4

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This book is best for:
  • adjectives
  • description
  • subjective pronoun - I
  • two word phrases


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. Flip through the pages and discover a series of beautifully illustrated animals, while joining in with the infectious rhythmic text.

This book’s simple and repetitive language makes it the perfect choice for expanding the utterances of little ones. Practice two-word phrases with babies and toddlers by labelling the colour + animal. For example, “I see a… red bird. I see a… black sheep.” Children will easily be able to memorise the text and “read along” with you. The repetitive nature of this book also makes it perfect for teaching the personal pronoun ‘I’ as it is modelled on every page of the story.

For further speech and language targets in Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Descriptive Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • animals
  • colours

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /d/ - do, duck, dog, goldfish, red, bird
  • /k/ - looking, duck, black
  • /l/ - looking, yellow, purple
  • /r/ blends - brown, frog, green
  • /s/ - see, horse
  • /t/ - teacher, what, at, cat
  • /w/ - what, white, we
  • adjectives (colours)
  • present progresstive tense
  • objective pronouns (me)
  • subjective pronouns (I)
  • labelling
  • describing
  • what
  • descriptive (colours)
  • character description
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Henry Holt & Company Inc in 1996 (ISBN: 9780805047905)

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