Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. mirrors black
medium-point markers white paper copy machine crayons stapler
colored construction paper for covers
1. For several days, read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with the
children so that they are all very familiar with the story. Encourage them to
read it to each other in the book corner, and suggest that parents check out a
copy from the library.
2. Discuss making self-portraits. Provide mirrors for the children to examine
their hair and eye color and other features. Ask each child to use a black
marker to draw a self-portrait so that it looks like a drawing in a coloring
book. Remind them not to fill in any areas of the drawings; instead, ask them
to draw just the outlines of their hair, eyes, and other features.
3. On the copy machine, make duplicates of each drawing. Return the first
picture to each child to color in the areas, providing the mirrors again.
Encourage them to color their features exactly the way they really look.
4. The next day, distribute the duplicates to the children and ask them to color
the second picture. Encourage them to match the colors they used for the
first picture so the two pictures will be the same.
5. Plan to make one book for every group of eight to ten children. Put the
drawings in order (keeping the duplicates with the original). On the lower
part of the first picture, write the child’s name in this way:
What do you see?
On the second drawing of Andrew, write:
I see Talitha looking at me.
6. Continue adding text in this way with until all have been written on except
the last duplicate drawing for the last child. For this last picture, ask the
children to name a favorite book character, such as Curious George.
I see Curious George looking at me.
That’s what I see.
7. Add covers and staple the pages together. Continue making books for each
group of eight or ten children.
8. If desired, laminate the pages for durability. You can also make enough copies
so that each child gets a book to bring home.
9. To enjoy the stories even more, read the book as a class and have each child
pop up to answer the question asked of him in the story.