Monday, February 28, 2011

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Another best-seller from Eric Carle, this book will keep your child enthralled. From it's simple rhythmic text to the vilbrant illustrations this is one you will read over and over and over again!

Positives: My children and I have enjoyed every Eric Carle book we can get our hands on and this one is no different! Your child will soon be "reading" this book to himself - no matter what age they are. The text is easy to memorize and kids love repetition - this allows them to play an active part in the story. It also exposes them to different words for the animal sounds, expanding their vocabulary and imagination. If they don't know what an animal sounds like they will make up a noise! You may be amazed by what they come up with!

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Once again we turn to Genesis 1 and the account of creation. Understanding God as the Almighty Creator is foundational to a young child's spiritual growth. Help them explore and understand how God not only made all the animals look differently, He made them all with unique sounds! You can also talk about our own ears and what we are to listen to: the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), and to parents (Prov. 5:1, 23:22) and James 1:19 speaks of being slow to speak and quick to hear, a lesson all of us need to be reminded of often!

Age Level: 0-5

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