Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

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New big books to share with a group!

Big books are ideal for use with a large group—they are oversized at 14-1/2 x 18 inches. A perfect way to enjoy Holt favorites with many children at once!

A collection of endangered animals appear in Bill Martin Jr's rhythmic text with Eric Carle's vibrant images, and all are watched over by our best hope for the future—a dreaming child.

Also available in big book format:

The Colors of Us

By Karen Katz

Here are My Hands

By Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, illustrated by Ted Rand

In the Small, Small Pond

By Denise Fleming

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805081022
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Brown Bear and Friends Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 344,962
Product dimensions: 14.50(w) x 17.90(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children's books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004.

Eric Carle is one of America's leading children's book illustrators. In addition to the classic children's books he created with Bill Martin, Jr., he is author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Reading Group Guide

Collage Art
The art in all the Bear books is unique and done in the traditional Eric Carle collage method. Have children replicate such art by painting white tissue paper with various bold colors and textures. Once dry, have them cut the paper into various images of choice to create a collage-style work of art.

Create Your Own Book
Popular zoo animals are featured in Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Ask children to describe other animals found at a zoo (giraffe, gorilla, tiger). Create your own version of the book. Children can work in pairs or individually. Distribute any size piece of oaktag to each group and have them place their artwork in the center of the oaktag. Then cut out a rectangular piece of paper or oaktag to cover the art. Adhere it at the top creating a flap to cover the art. Draw black lines on the flap making each cover look like a cage in the zoo. The text should be written above and below the flap. For example: Gorilla, gorilla what do you hear? I hear a tiger roaring at me. Lift the flap and there is a caged tiger!

Animal Masks
The last page of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? portrays children dancing with animal masks. Have children create their own animal masks using any medium of choice, such as paper plates, construction paper, etc. Have children select animals from any of the Bear books. When the masks are finished, the children can march in an animal parade acting out each animal's sound and/or action (a mule deer running, etc.).
What Do You See?
After reading all the Bear books, reread the last line in Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?: "Dreaming Child, Dreaming Child, what do you see?" Ask the children what they see in their dreams. Continue the book by having each child complete the sentence: I see ________.
Adopt an Endangered Animal
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? addresses the issue of endangered species and highlights ten out of five thousand possible animals in jeopardy. Discuss the concept of an endangered animal: what it means to be endangered; what should be done; what we can do as a community; the importance of preserving all living things. Decide upon a course of action that would draw awareness to such an issue. One activity might be to adopt an endangered animal.
The Five Senses
The Bear books highlight two out of the five senses—sight and sound. Use these books to launch a lesson on the five senses, in particular taste, touch, and smell. Challenge children to write (or recite) what the various animals would eat, feel, and smell. For example, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You Eat? would highlight what each of the native North American animals might consume. Have fun adding adjectives to describe the food!
The animals in each Bear book appear in a particular sequence. Challenge children to remember the order of appearance of each animal. Have the children draw each animal character. Children may want to work in pairs, as there are ten animals per book. Once the art is completed, then begin by reading the first sentence of the book and have each animal pair stand when appropriate. See if they can remember the correct order for each cast of animal characters!
Brown Bear's Birthday Party!
Celebrate Brown Bear's 40th anniversary by throwing a bear birthday party. Have children bring their favorite bear to the party or create papier-mâché replicas of any of the animals found in the Bear books. Read the Bear books, act them out to music, eat, play games, and enjoy the celebration!

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Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
AnotherAmy More than 1 year ago
We all read Brown Bear when we were small, so of course we want to read it to our children when it's their turn. After re-reading Brown Bear with my son, and then following it up with Polar Bear and this one, Panda Bear is hands-down my favorite. The animals and illustrations are wonderful no matter which you book read, but the thing that puts this one over the top is the message it delivers. It's never too early to learn about the importance of protecting wild animals and conservation in general. I like it because this book addresses those issues in a way that it is easy for even a very small child to understand.

Absolutely a great book and an essential component to any child's library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Panda Bear book is adorable and the children in my class love it. Eric Carle and Bill Martin are very talented and have intrigued and delighted my students for years with their books. The book helps provide teachers with innovative ideas for teaching units on endangered animals and to have a concern for animals and to preserve our wildlife. The illustrations are beautiful. The children are introduced to new vocabulary and animals that may be unfamilar to them. The text intrigues children and holds their attention. I encouraged the children to brainstorm a list of other wild animals and we created a class book as an extension activity. All the children are interested in other animals now besides the typical pets and farm animals they are use to. I give the book two tumbs up!
TaylorHutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a book meant mainly for younger readers. It goes through many endangered animals and asks what they see. Each one sees another animal that is on the endangered species list. At the end thte last animal sees a dreaming child who sees each of the animals previously mentioned in the book. Personal Reaction:This is an amazing book for very young readers. It really shows children at a young age what endangered animals are. It's not the easiest thing to bring up with younger children, but this can open up that window. The illustraions by Eric Carle are amazing as expected.Classroom Applications:1. Do a lesson on endangered animals.2. Make a classrom book with each of the childrens faces to mimic the book.
emleonard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" that I use to memorize as a young child. "Panda Bear, Panda Bear...." just uses different animals. This is a great book about different animals and uses repetition for children to guess what the next animal will ask.
ecosborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is one long rhyme starting with asking a panda what he sees and eventually finishing by asking a dreaming child what he sees to which he replies that he sees all the animals mentioned before hand. This book is quite good for children learning to read because it uses repetition so a child can guess what comes next.
bkullman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A modern take on the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear
dgadkins88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book for children to read!! I love it. One of my favorites! With "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do You See?" children are able to meet ten of the world's endangered animals - a bald eagle soaring , a water buffalo charging, a spider monkey swinging, a green sea turtle swimming, a macaroni penguin strutting, a sea lion splashing, a red wolf sneaking, a whooping crane flying, and a black panther strolling. Your child will love it:)
beckie05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun rhyming story with various different animals. Every page had a new animal on it. It was very predictable, even at the ending. This story was similar to brown bear brown bear. I liked this story because it had great illustrations and children can read along with the main reading or even by themselves in the future. I think it also helps their memory skills. A good extension idea (for younger children) is that as a class we can write down all the things we see and try to make a similar story. Also (for older children), I can make a homework assignment out of it and have them list all the things they see when they are driving home.
cmiller05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
InformationalRelated to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear. What do You See?"Forms awarness of endangered species.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? we have been really excited and delighted with these seemingly simple and entertaining little books. We had gone over that book numerous times with our baby boy, and when he started approaching one year of age he *really* got interested in it. So we decided to take a look at some other books in the series, including this one. The premise of this little book is more or same as that of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: various animals are asked what they see, and they point to other animals. All the questions are posed as simple rhymes, and this is one of the main charms of this book. The illustrations are simple yet interesting, and kids will definitely find them fascinating. Unlike Brown Bear, Brown Bear, this book eschews some fanciful animal colors (like purple cat and blue horse), and sticks with the "real" animals. This book also features more exotic animals (the panda bear of course, as well as spider monkey, macaroni penguin, etc.) and challenges kids to learn about these uncommon creatures. In fact, it's the educational value of these books that I delight the most in. I have not taken a look at the other versions of this book, but the board book is definitely well designed and immensely suitable for very young kids. Could not recommend it more.
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Ang29 More than 1 year ago
Love the pictures of the son can actually relate to the animals (we have seen spider monkeys at the Utah Hogle Zoo!!) Also, the meaning behind the book - protect our wildlife, protect the endangered. I want my son to learn early that animals are important to our ecosystem and to our own sustainability. This particular book is fun to read and teaches that in an interesting and wonderful way!!
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One of many that children like to have read to them as they can "read" along after a few times of hearing the story.
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My grandson LOVES this book and the whole series. He memorized "Brown, Bear, Brown Bear..." now I read this and the others. I read via webcam. He can easlily see it and asks for it plus others in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that is not only fun but also informative about ten different endangered species of animals. Gets kids learning early about wildlife conservation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wordsmith Bill Martin and artist Eric Carle are an unbeatable team. Much to the joy of parents and young readers this talented duo has joined forces once again - only their third collaboration in 35 years! It was worth the wait. With 'Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do You See?' children meet ten of the world's endangered animals - a bald eagle soaring , a water buffalo charging, a spider monkey swinging, a green sea turtle swimming, a macaroni penguin strutting, a sea lion splashing, a red wolf sneaking, a whooping crane flying, and a black panther strolling. Each animal is portrayed in Eric Carle's inimitable eye catching collages, and the book closes with a portrait of a sleeping child dreaming that one day all animals will be wild and free. An estimable hope; a book to be treasured.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The children I read to adore this book, which combines information on endangered animals with a sprightly rhyme and adorable pictures. A total winner!