Bear Sees Colors

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Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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A walk in the woods teaches colors in simple rhyming story.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

All the animals are friends and get along. They all enjoy learning about colors.

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What 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.

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What's the story?

When Mouse and Bear are walking, they come upon a stream full of blue -- blue water, blue fish, and, on the bank, blue flowers and blueberries. "Blue, blue EVERYWHERE! Can you spy blue with Bear?" Turn the page, and the animals meet up with their friend Hare, who points to a field of red -- red blossoms, red cherries, and red raspberries. And so it goes, on through the colors yellow, green, and brown. At the end, all the woodland creatures have a very colorful picnic. "Colors, colors EVERYWHERE! Can you find colors, just like Bear?"

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about colors. What colors do you see in the world around you -- in your house, on the street, at the park? 

  • Which woodland creatures do you recognize in Bear Sees Colors? Are some of them new to you?

  • Which elements of the story and art are the sorts of things real woodland animals would encounter in nature, and which are things humans would use? 

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