Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
by Martin, Bill, Jr.; Carle, Eric (ILT)

Illustrations and rhyming text present ten different endangered animals.

BILL MARTIN JR (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer and poet, with doctorate in early childhood education. In addition to the beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Martin's books include Listen to the Rain and Knots on a Counting Rope.

ERIC CARLE is one of America's leading children's book illustrators. His work has won many awards and been published in more than a dozen countries around the world. He is author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar .

PreS-Gr. 2. In this book, Martin and Carle change the focus of their classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to endangered species. Using deceptively simple repetitive rhyme, double-page spreads lead from one animal to the next, "Red Wolf, Red Wolf, / what do you see? / I see a whooping crane / flying by me." The pictures, featuring animals strolling, splashing, and soaring, are brilliant lessons in the application of color, shape, form, and texture. Carle's use of negative space and of sculptural line conveys not only the essence of each animal but also the energy of its movement. The book ends with a dreaming child who sees all the animals: "all wild and free-that's what I see!" A fine read-aloud with a subtle, yet clear, message. ((Reviewed July 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

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