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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Our very first screw up! Huzzah! I walked into the recording with Kate safe in the knowledge that we hadn’t done Chicka Chicka Boom Boom before. Never mind that we actually did do it almost exactly a year ago. Whoops. So in a pinch I decided the time was right to do a different Bill Martin Jr. It’s the very first book that Eric Carle ever illustrated and he’s redone it something like five times. In the course of things Kate puts forward the theory that this is the picture book version of Rockwell’s I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me. We also view it through the lens of post-McCarthyism and Kate has this whole under the radar discussion of what’s really going on with the Black Sheep.

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Show Notes:

So actually it was powdered gelatin that the Horse of Another Color was covered in. Don’t think too hard about what the gelatin was made of.

Kate’s favorite character in the book? “Black Sheep, Black Sheep, What do you see?” And the Black Sheep goes, “Snitches get stiches. Mind your own business!!”

Like I say, check out the Eric Carle Museum here, if you get a chance.

Josh Funk asked for it. Josh Funk got it. Kate provides the following:

Top 10 Favorite Board Games (in no particular order);

  1. Organ Attack by the Awkward Yeti
  2. Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games
  3. The Settlers of Catan by Klaus Teuber
  4. Ticket to Ride by Alan R. Moon
  5. Horrified by Universal Studios Monsters
  6. Red Dragon Inn by Slugfest Games
  7. Betrayal at House on the Hill by Avalon Hill
  8. Azul by Michael Kiesling
  9. Scattergories by Parker Brothers
  10. Forbidden Island by Gamewright

Runners up: Mysterium, Villianous, Concept, Sangrada, Codenames, Potion Explosion, Anomia, Gloom, Cards Against Humanity, Joking Hazard, Exploding Kittens

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. If Kate likes collage – I see Bryan Collier books in future podcasts. Did you know about follow-up book 2 Brown Bear…”Adam, Adam What Do You See?” It does a cursory summary of Old& New Testaments. Adam, Adam what do you see? I see Creation looking at me. Noah Noah what do you see…. I think it ends with John in Revelation – John, John What do you see? I see New Heaven & New Earth waiting for me. Don’t see rhyming eschatology everyday.

    • True. Though I would have given it extra points if it had gone “John, John, What do you see?” “I see eschatology fascinating me.”

      Bryan Collier! What a good idea! Now to find one old enough . . . .