Fox Forgets

Fox Forgets

by Suzanne Bloom
     
 

In Suzanne Bloom’s fifth Goose and Bear story, Goose must leave to run an errand. Before he flies away, he tells Fox to let Bear know that he’ll be right back. But Fox is so wrapped up in her playtime that she forgets to give Bear the message. In the end, while Fox’s forgetfulness causes more problems than she could possibly have imagined, these

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Overview

In Suzanne Bloom’s fifth Goose and Bear story, Goose must leave to run an errand. Before he flies away, he tells Fox to let Bear know that he’ll be right back. But Fox is so wrapped up in her playtime that she forgets to give Bear the message. In the end, while Fox’s forgetfulness causes more problems than she could possibly have imagined, these three friends manage—as always—to forgive and forget, and Fox learns a valuable lesson. This is another pitch-perfect, emotionally resonant picture book from Suzanne Bloom, this time about the essence of friendships and the importance of forgiveness.

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". . . Bloom's pastel illustrations are rich and warm, which lend to the cozy appeal of the book. This charming friendship story is a wonderful addition to any library or classroom beginning-reader section and a treat to add to the earlier four volumes." --School Library Jouranl

* " . . . The single, short bits of dialogue on each spread are practically superfluous, as the characters' placement in the minimally detailed scenes and Bear's body language clearly reveal both plot and emotional arc. . . Bear looks more than ever like a huggable bundle of shag in this gentle reminder that failures to communicate happen and are not of necessity punishable offenses." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Best friends care about one another. Goose, Bear, and Fox know this. So when Goose decides to go on a short trip, he tells Fox to let Bear know that he will return shortly. He doesn’t want his friend to worry in his absence. As the title of the book suggests, Fox forgets to tell Bear! The pair decides to pass the time waiting for Goose by playing games, but Bear cannot bear the anxiety. Fortunately, Goose comes back quickly—and his return spurs Fox to remember what he had to tell Bear. Bloom illustrates and narrates this cute tale for young children. The relatively simple pastel illustrations keep clutter off the page and focus on the story and its characters. Parents can read the text to their little ones; early readers may find they can follow along or read most of it on their own. Each telling of the story might last just a few short minutes, but children likely will want to read it over and over. For those drawn to the characters, find other Goose and Bear books, including Oh! What a Surprise! and A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Reviewer: Remy Dou; Ages 2 to 6.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—As Goose packs up her things, she tells Fox that she has to go but she will be right back. Fox promises he will tell Bear. When Bear arrives, Fox is so intent on playing with his friend that he completely forgets to deliver Goose's message. Bear can't focus on play because he is so preoccupied with looking for her. After some time has passed, Fox finally remembers and sheepishly tells Bear that Goose will be right back. As if on cue, she returns and all three gather in a hug. While the trim size says picture book, the simple text and straightforward sentences scream beginning reader. Bloom's pastel illustrations are rich and warm, which lend to the cozy appeal of the book. This charming friendship story is a wonderful addition to any library or classroom beginning-reader section and a treat to add to the earlier four volumes.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Kirkus Reviews
In this typically spare outing, Bear worries when little Fox neglects to tell him that Goose's absence is only temporary. Happily, the three splendid friends are reunited at the end. Goose has to run an errand, but rather than letting Bear know that, Fox, distracted by an evidently bottomless satchel of toys, only wants to play. Fretting about Goose's whereabouts, Bear is likewise distracted--until Fox, with an adorably guilty look, delivers the message at last. The single, short bits of dialogue on each spread are practically superfluous, as the characters' placement in the minimally detailed scenes and Bear's body language clearly reveal both plot and emotional arc. Bear greets Goose's return with an exuberant embrace, and in the final scene, all three are piled in a group cuddle that both signals forgiveness for Fox and conveys mutual affection so intense that it spills out from the page to draw in young viewers. Bear looks more than ever like a huggable bundle of shag in this gentle reminder that failures to communicate happen and are not of necessity punishable offenses. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590789964
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Goose and Bear stories Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
621,489
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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