Brown Bear & Friends

Narrated by: Gwyneth Paltrow
Length: 39 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle's classic Bear books have been a hit with children for many generations and have sold more than 11 million copies. This wonderful compilation brings together the beloved first three Bear books - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? - and includes the newest addition, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?. The compilation also features sections read in Spanish.

The stories are read with warmth and humor by Academy Award-winning actress and mother Gwyneth Paltrow. This audio book includes a bonus interview with the author.

©1967, 1970 by Harcourt Brace & Company; Copyright renewed 2007 by the Estate of Bill Martin Jr (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album for Children

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Great Listen!

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My 2.5 year old LOVES listening to all the Brown Bear books He recites along with Gwenyth Paltrow, who by the way, has a very calm and gentle voice. This certainly helps when you're listening to the books numerous times in one day!

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My 2 year old cannot get enough

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My 2 year old listens to this every. single. night. While I can't say GP's character "voices" are that great, she is pleasant enough to listen to, which is important when you have listened to her for the past 90 consecutive nights- sometimes more than once.

This is the 4 "bear stories". GP gets calmer and quieter with each one, helping your little one to relax and doze off. Problem? After baby bear, the last story of the 4, when the child is near sleep, it automatically goes into the Spanish versions- which start out loud and full of energy- jolting the kid awake.

I wish they had set it up where the bedtime timer could correspond with the end of the English version.

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fuun for the kids

I've read this to the kids many times. Fun to hear it in someone else's voice.

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Beloved Books, Wonderful Narration

My girls, 1 1/2 and 3, love these books! Now they can listen along if mommy or daddy is too busy to read. I originally chose the audio books for a road we were taking, but my girls love to listen to them even when we are just driving around town. My oldest also loves to listen to them when she is having quiet time in bed while sissy naps. I love the narration by Gwyneth Paltrow. She has such a lovely voice and we love the little character voices she does!