Brown bear, Brown bear, What do you see?
The first time I read this book, I went, “Why is a fox purple, and a horse blue?” Doesn’t that give an incorrect picture to a child? How so ‘adultish’ of me!
And then I realized, “The illustrations are for the eyes of a child, from the eyes of a child.” And I’m sure a child can relate to Eric Carle’s illustration style because there are no restrictions forced by reality and no boundaries to a child’s imagination. In a few years, the child will learn that there are no purple foxes or blue horses. But for now, a fox can be purple and a horse can be blue. For, that is the very essence of Eric Carle’s books.
Colorful, free-in-spirit illustrations.
This is a good ‘Say what’s next’ book that you can read with your toddler, great for kids to see ‘colorful’ animals, learn, and say their names.. After a few reads, the kids memorize what’s on the following page. Towards the end however, beginning language learners would need to be explained the difference between ‘I see’ and ‘We see’-singular vs plural.
Check out the ‘Learning tools’ section for more activities to do with kids using this book.