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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Martin, Jr. Martin, Bill, Eric Carle Narrator: Eric Carle, Gwyneth Paltrow Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Brown Bear and Friends Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781427207296
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What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child?

Lots of noise!

Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page!

Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This collaboration, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published more than thirty years ago and still a best-seller) shows two masters at their best.

A Redbook Children's Picture Book Award winner

The rollicking companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Teachers will smile with delight when they see this wonderful book, and students are sure to utter the familiar request, ‘Have you got another one like this one?’”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Teachers will smile with delight when they see this wonderful book, and students are sure to utter the familiar request, 'Have you got another one like this one?' School Library Journal, starred review

  • A splendid successor to Brown Bear. Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy
  • Among longlisted titles for IRA-CBC Children's Choices
  • Winner of Colorado Children's Book Award
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Among longlisted titles for School Library Best Books of the Year
  • Among longlisted titles for NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Wilcox | 2/18/2014

    " This is great book for younger students to read. The repetitiveness of this book is great for younger kids to be able to predict what the next animal is going to say. This is also a great book to have students get involved. To make this book even more exciting for students one could have them make the sounds that the animals say they hear. It would keep the childrens attention and make them really enjoy this book. The illustrations in this book, I thought, were also great. They are simple yet extremely enjoyable. Growing up this was one of the favorite books to read in the classroom and I know that when I become a teacher, I will use it in my classroom if I teach the appropriate grade level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savannah Harpster | 2/18/2014

    " Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Is a good example of using listening skills. Throughout the book the animals are being heard by one another one by one, each having a distinct sound. All the while repeating hear and ear. Any child would like to listen to the sounds of animals being made. This is a great fit for children learning rhyming words and putting together sounds with animals. Having the children listen to the story and have them put the right sound with the right animal. Then in the back of the book have them point out what animal is which and what animal names they can read out loud You can even have them answer harder questions like where each animal lives, and what weather the animal likes the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emely | 2/12/2014

    " Identical to Brown Bear, Brown Bear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylen Matherly | 2/10/2014

    " I love Eric Carle books! I think all of his books are fantastic. This book teaches children the different noises zoo animals make. Children can act out their favorite zoo animal by making the noise! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/30/2014

    " Another Bill Martin and Eric Carle book with cute repetition and colorful pictures for babies or toddlers who like repititious rhythmetical sounds! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Trump | 1/22/2014

    " predictable, surprise ending. Beautiful pictures! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olugbemisola Ogutuga | 1/13/2014

    " This book describes the characters of the animals and the sounds they make. The children got to roar like a lion, growl like a polar bear and hiss like a Boa Constrictor. My students liked this book because they had to act out the characters in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/3/2014

    " I personally LOVE all of Eric Carle's books. From his wonderful illustrations that are intricately done, to his pattern of phrases. Carle was also a favorite of mine as a child. His books are easily spotted from across the room. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? is no different. The story goes through several animals asking each other what they hear. They all respond with another animal. At the end they even as a zookeeper who has a response that no one suspects! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Jelinek | 12/29/2013

    " The sense of hearing is explored through simple rhymes and colorful illustrations in this beloved classic picture book. This is a great book to help children understand what they might hear at the zoo from different animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Bennett | 12/25/2013

    " My daughter loves this book, this was a fun and easy way to introduce her to new animals and the sounds they make. To this day it is one of her favorites and usually the book we read before bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 12/16/2013

    " A classic rhyming children's book, which was greatly enjoyed by my daughter. I would recommend this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 10/25/2013

    " One of my personal favorites! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/21/2013

    " You'd have to be a child to enjoy this, I think. No, wait, the child wasn't much interested either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jade Saleem | 10/6/2013

    " This book is about different animals and their uniqueness. This is a great book for group read alouds in class. Polar bear What do you hear is a great book for grammar, it includes repition and simple word sentences for young childern. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 10/2/2013

    " each animal hears the next animal's sound. carle art. rhyming text. ends with zookeeper hearing kids making animal sounds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Izy Pearl | 9/27/2013

    " I loved it! Because it was about seeing animals. It was a fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 9/3/2013

    " Great storytime read, especially if you can get the kids to do the noises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 6/12/2013

    " Taught this when I was teaching preschool..shared it with my son.. just a fun theme and book.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 3/7/2013

    " An easy beginning read...reptitive and not too distacting in the pictures. It makes for a fun read for kids and they enjoy reading it over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/27/2012

    " Again...perfect for Toddlers... predictiable and provides great format for writing a class book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaxon | 5/7/2012

    " My mama reads this book to me in Spanish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/18/2011

    " I like the choice of animals Bill Martin uses, with their varied sounds. good for building vocabulary. and as always, beautiful illustrationsa by Eric Carle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/3/2011

    " The children also enjoyed this book and the different animals in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Ho | 10/10/2011

    " Loved this book as a child and was glad to read again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abi | 10/9/2011

    " This book has very cute illustrations. Children can learn rhyming as well as sequencing after hearing this fun story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Martel | 4/15/2011

    " This book uses rhythmic pattern to introduce the read to animals and their sounds. The book is similar to Brown Bear, a Brown Bear What Do You See. It has colorful illustrations which the kids will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 2/7/2011

    " My son loves the illustrations in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/31/2010

    " Great sounds book. Fun read-aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Burch | 9/18/2010

    " A fun sing-songy book to read to younger children. Kids will love the fun pictures and trying to sound like the different animals. This books shows an animal and then the sounds they make. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jade | 8/23/2010

    " This book is about different animals and their uniqueness. This is a great book for group read alouds in class. Polar bear What do you hear is a great book for grammar, it includes repition and simple word sentences for young childern. "

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About the Author

Bill Martin Jr. was an elementary school principal, a teacher, a writer, and a poet. He wrote the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

About the Narrators
Eric Carle is one of America’s leading children’s book illustrators. Born in the United States, he spent some time in Germany where he studied at the Academy of Applied Art in Stuttgart. His work has won many awards and has been published in more than a dozen countries around the world. He is author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and illustrator of Bill Martin, Jr.‘s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress who won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for her role in Shakespeare in Love. She has also won a Tony Award and was named the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine in 2013.