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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Book + CD Set

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Book + CD Set

Fall 2010 Audio Book
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Producer: Macmillan Audio
CD Price: $9.99

This is an audio version of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?", a children's literature classic featuring Bill Martin Jr.'s rhythmic, rhyming text. The set includes a paperback copy of the picture book, showcasing Eric Carle's signature bold strokes of color and vividly rendered zoo animals. There are three tracks included on the CD, two in English and one in Spanish. The English versions are read by Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow, and one of the tracks is a read-along for the accompanying storybook. Paltrow's narration is friendly, warm and silly, set to a backdrop of jazzy music. The Spanish-language version, read by Adriana Sananes, is a welcome inclusion, although the book is only written in English. This is a worthwhile variation on the series, and it is good for car trips.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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