A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Bear Sees Colors teaches blue, red, yellow, green, and brown to preschoolers. The book also introduces a variety of woodland creatures. In addition to the familiar bear, rabbit, mouse, and owl, it introduces a badger, mole, gopher, raven, and wren.
It's fun to notice colors. Friends can have fun noticing colors together. It's also fun to go on a picnic and share food.
Positive Role Models
All the animals are friends and get along. They all enjoy learning about colors.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bear Sees Colors is a simple, child-friendly book about colors that features the same woodland characters found in the earlier Bear Snores On. In this very easy teaching tool, Mouse and Bear come across a stream full of blue and then a field full of red, and readers can find and point out the blue flowers, red raspberries, green peas, and yellow honey referenced in the text. At the end, the animals have a picnic in which items of various colors are scattered across the page, so kids have the opportunity to find them in a busier visual context. The story is written in rhyme, which makes it fun for the preschool set, though the rhythms of the stanzas are somewhat uneven.
Is It Any Good?
The art in BEAR SEES COLORS is appealing, and the colors are vibrant and fun. The animal characters look cuddly and friendly. The story is written in preschool-pleasing rhyme, though the stanzas can be a bit choppy, with the number of syllables and their stresses sometimes shifting. This book would be an especially good pick for fans of Bear Snores On, who might enjoy taking a woodland walk with a familiar character who teaches them about colors.
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