This is another great picture book by Eric Carle. You could happily read it aloud and enjoy it with a young audience. The children have lots of opportunities to join in, as the book focuses on using rhythmic and repetitive texts throughout. The illustrations are fantastic, a combination of bright eye-catchy colours with lovely examples of tissue paper collages used to represent the animals in the story.
The book begins with the reader asking the Brown Bear, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” The Bear then tells the audience what he see’s. The author uses this concept of repeating the question to all the animals in the book and finally the goldfish reply’s “I see a teacher looking at me”, so the goldfish asks the Teacher who then ask the children.
I really like how the author has managed to engage everyone in the story.
I would, without hesitation recommend this book for children in early years and even children who need extra support due to additional needs in reading because the rhythmic and repetitive approach would be very beneficial.
I think this book possesses many cross-curricular opportunities for children in early years. It could be a great starting point to introduce young children to different animals and colours. I also think you could carry out a wonderful art lesson on patterns and collages using the illustrations from the book to help the children to become more creative.