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Review of the Year 2014: Children’s Hour

I was going to talk about the best books we’ve read this year. Then I though, actually, we’ve had different kids this year to last year, and often the books are the same, shouldn’t it mean something if favourites stay?

So here are the books we have kept coming back to this year…

Peace a Last

This featured on Children’s Hour back in 2012 (huh, I didn’t even realise Children’s Hour had been around that long!). The children still love being able to ‘read’ it themselves. They still love being able to join in, especially shouting “Oh no!” said Mr Bear “I can’t stand this”

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

A constant favourite with the kids, and we don’t even need to read it to them anymore- they pretty much all know it by heart! First featured in 2013

Don’t Wake The Bear, Hare!

This is the only book which proves a certain toddler can have a quiet voice. And they still love the panic


Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

I prefer this one to Brown Bear, and it’s a good substitute for the kids. I would even say it’s better as a group, just harder for the kids to remember

One Mole Digging a Hole

We don’t quite have a 3 Bears Picking Pears kid, but this still gets chosen a lot. The kids feel an achievement when they can count the number of animals correctly too.

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Children’s Hour: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

What I like about Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? are the beautiful pictures. It’s a very simple book with each page containing similar words

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

I see a Red Bird looking at me

Red Bird, Red Bird, what do you see?”

This creates a simple pattern which is easy for the children to follow, and makes it a good book for them to look at independently. They love naming the different animals, and it’s great for teaching colours too. It’s one I got for my niece in the past, and it was good to be able to show it to the kids at nursery too.

There is an interesting post on Eric Carle’s blog about how Brown Bear was made.

Buy Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See:

Board book (£5.24)

Paperback (£5.24)


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