Sunday, November 11, 2012

Whose Looking At Me?

Does anyone else read Brown Bear, Brown Bear and just imaging a massive staring match between all these animals?

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
I see a purple cat looking at me.
Purple cat, purple cat, what do you see?
I see a yellow duck looking at me." *

A version of Purple Cat
I'm seeing a bunch of animals holding a stand-off in a circle, all eyes darting from one animal to the other, in a frantic, paranoid determination to know exactly who is looking at them. Actually I've taught kids like this- the ones who suddenly shout in the middle of a lesson- "He's LOOKING at me!" as though they are about to be knifed in the back by their very sweet and oblivious peer.

I don't think I actually want to live in the Brown Bear world where everyone has to worry about who is looking at who.

And why is the cat purple? Bruises from past fights? Or is he just having a really rough fashion day?

Then suddenly a teacher comes along? Out of nowhere? With her class? They happen to be walking in the woods and stumble upon all these paranoid animals staring at each other? You know the part that didn't get written was what happened next- which either is violent or boring depending on how you want to read it.

*I can't remember the exact order, it's not one of Little Lipstick's favorites and I'm avoiding reading it to my class this year because I am still in recovery from last year's marathon Brown Bear experience.


2 comments:

JK said...

I explain it all away by thinking the animals are in a very small, very crowded zoo.

organized chaos said...

But what kind of sad zoo is that? What's worse- abusing animals by having them in this tiny zoo, or having them in a paranoid stand off? OK- maybe the zoo is better...

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