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August 1, 2014

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” ~ Review #2

Language & Speech Therapy Children's BookOne of my favorite books to read with my little guy is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?” written by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. This is a wonderful book, covering so many language elements, including colors, animals, and answering questions. Preschool age children love this book, but even your youngest child will love hearing your voice as you chant to them.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?

Language and speech elements that can be addressed are:

  • Vocabulary (animal names)
  • Concepts (colors)
  • Predicting
  • Sequencing
  • Retelling
  • Answering WH questions (“Where does this animal live?”, “What does he eat?” )
  • Categories (colors, animals, size, sea animals, zoo animals, pets)
  • /w/: what, white
  • /l and l-blends/: looking, yellow, blue, black, purple, black, goldfish
  • /s/ sentences: What do you see?; I see a _______Brown Bear


Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

1. Look at the cover of the book together: Ask your child what they think a bear might see. This is a great activity to practice predicting. Also when looking at the cover, discuss the title, author, and illustrator, and what those terms means.

2. Talk about colors, the ones you see on the cover.


1. As you go through the book, ask, stop and talk about the colors of the animals. Ask your child if they have ever seen a real horse. What color was it? Can a horse really be blue? What color are the horses they have seen? Do this with each of the animals.

2. Ask your child if they think this is a real or make believe story.

3. Before you turn a page, ask where questions: Where can you find a bear? Where do sheep live? Emphasize the preposition – “In a bowl”, “Under a tree”

4. Talk about the differences between farm animals and zoo animals.

5. Talk about the different sounds the animals make. Make the noises. See if your child can identify the animal.


1. Play a form of “I spy” with the Brown Bear chant: “Child’s name, Child’s name, what do you see?” Encourage them to respond back with complete sentences, “I see a ___ looking at me!” This is a great ‘on the go’ activity, you can play in the car, on a walk, in the airplane, etc.

2. Have your child name other objects that are the same color as the animals in the book.

3. Practice sequencing by trying to remember the order of the animals.

4. Print off the animals from the book. See if your child can remember the color the animals were in the book and color them.

5. Discuss where each animal can live to focus on ‘where’ questions (zoo, house, forest, ocean, etc).




~Emily Buchwald













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