This book is a sure classic, and for good reason! The simple sentences, repetition, early vocabulary words, predictability, and fun pictures make this book ideal for young children. I use this book to build early vocabulary for animals, pronouns, answer yes/no questions, and work on early sounds. Here are some ways that you can use this book with your child to elicit more speech:
Sentence completion: Pause before completing the sentence responses in the book. For example, “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a ____.” This will give your child an opportunity to answer with the animal name. You may want to read the book several times, before doing a sentence completion tasks. This will allow your child to know more of the vocabulary in order to complete sentences.
Yes/No questions: If your child does not know the answer to the sentence completion task above, you can ask yes/no questions, such as: “Is this a dog?”
Use gestures while reading: I (point to yourself) see (point to your eyes) a brown bear (tap the brown bear) looking at me (point to yourself again). Children love gestures and being active while learning. This was something I learned from a talented coworker of mine that I continue to take with me wherever I go.
Animal sounds: After naming the animals, ask your child what sound each animal makes. You can say the sounds together with your child. This will give your child practice with early developing sounds, like “neigh” for horse.