This week and next, I'm reading the Bill Martin/Eric Carle classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do Dou See? in some of my classes. It's amazing how quickly even some very young non-native English speakers respond to and "learn" this book. Eric Carle's art is simple yet vivid, and the repetition in the words is so comforting and confidence-building. The simplicity of the book makes it one of those classics that children can read by themselves before they can actually read words.
We like to listen to Greg and Steve's song version of the book off of their CD Playing Favorites, which also has a nice version of Woody Guthrie's Put Your Finger in the Air (with an Obla-di, Obla-da riff) along with other classics. Click here to hear a short sample of Greg and Steve's Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
Or listen these kids give it a shot.
Being a staple of kindergartens and primary schools around the world, there are a ton of great lesson plans, activities, and crafts available on the web to support the book. Start with DLTK and check out Eric Carle's site. The Virtual Vine is another good resource.