Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

February 24, 2019
Subheader: 

Adjective noun, adjective noun, what do you verb?

Review: 

Another collaboration between Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle, this one uses a different one of the five senses (hearing instead of sight) and concentrates more on exotic wild animals than teaching the colors.

Some of the animal noises seem bizarre. Flamingos don't "flute", they make a weird squawking, quacking noise. It's really not pretty enough to be called "fluting". I guess peacocks could be described as "yelping".

Thankfully, in contrast to the latest version of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?", which takes place ostensibly in a school, this menagerie dangerous wild animals are safely caged in a zoo, being whistled at by a zookeeper. Apparently costumed children are also running rampant at the zoo, pretending to be the animals that keep hearing each other. Although the animals seem like they're rather close to each other, if each of them keeps hearing the next one "in my ear." You'd think, for example, that the (strangely purple) walrus would freak out the peacock.

Just like its predecessor in the series, this book has no plot, and is a series of questions to a series of animals, phrased in exactly the same way, and is highly repetitive. I guess this one is for the parents who have burned out on "Brown Bear" and will be satisfied with a slight variation for a while.

Message: 

Different animals make different noises.

Illustrator
Publication Year
  • 1981
Age Range
Age Range: 
2-5
Number of Pages
Number of Pages: 
24
Number of Words on Typical Page
Number of Words: 
8

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