Good Luck Bear

Overview

Bear and Mouse are looking for luck. Four-leaf clover luck. Will they find it? Monkey says there's no such thing. Turtle thinks it-ll take too long. And Groundhog wonders if they'll be unlucky if they can't find one! Suddenly Bear isn't sure if he should keep looking or give up . . . until Mouse sees something unusual.

?Does it have four leaves?? asks Bear.

'No . . .' says Mouse. Maybe Bear and Mouse's luck has changed. But which way?

Greg Foley gives us another wonderful, ...

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Overview

Bear and Mouse are looking for luck. Four-leaf clover luck. Will they find it? Monkey says there's no such thing. Turtle thinks it-ll take too long. And Groundhog wonders if they'll be unlucky if they can't find one! Suddenly Bear isn't sure if he should keep looking or give up . . . until Mouse sees something unusual.

?Does it have four leaves?? asks Bear.

'No . . .' says Mouse. Maybe Bear and Mouse's luck has changed. But which way?

Greg Foley gives us another wonderful, heartwarming surprise with Good Luck Bear.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
From the books, Thank You Bear and Don't Worry Bear, is Bear who returns in another story. This time he finds a three-leaf clover in the grass. His friend Mouse tells him about the special, lucky, four-leaf clover. Hunting through the blades of grass, Bear begins his search for the rare, four-leaf clover and the luck that is associated with it. Unfortunately, each of the other animals that he encounters has discouraging information about the special clover. Monkey says that it does not exist. Elephant does not recall where he saw one. Bunny claims to have eaten it. After a long search, Bear becomes very disheartened and feels unlucky as he sprawls down on the grass. Mouse reappears. Although Mouse does not have a four-leaf clover, he locates a pleasant surprise for Bear. The serene, soft colors of the pages and illustrations match the warm, gentle tone of the charming story. Bear's face and posture reflect his different emotions during his search for luck and the surprising discovery at the story's end. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

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This third book about a sweet little bear who is learning small, important lessons in heartwarming ways opens with the happy discovery of a three-leaf clover. Bear's worries begin when Mouse says, "If you find one with four leaves, it means that you're lucky." As Bear searches for one, the other animals tell him that he'll never be successful, making him feel "very unlucky." True to form, Foley brings the story to a surprising and uplifting conclusion that reinforces the joys of friendship. This gifted graphic artist has an inspired understanding of a young child's world. He isn't timid about employing almost identical pictures on each page: a mound of green grass, a sprinkling of clover, the small bear, and-in most cases-one other animal. The background is always a clean, bright white. Each opposing page, on which the text resides, has a different pastel shade. The most essential variations are the succession of featured critters and Bear's position and expression in response to each of them. The simplicity of the text, theme, and illustrations makes this an excellent choice for the very young.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Foley's waif-like bear cub is back with another life lesson for little ones (Don't Worry Bear, 2008, etc.). Finding a common clover, Bear learns from Mouse that one with four leaves is said to bring good luck. On a quest for the coveted plant, Bear receives commentary both hopeful and skeptical from Monkey, Turtle, Elephant, Groundhog, Squirrel and Bunny-who claims he has just found one and eaten it. With Bear feeling a bit down and distinctly unlucky, Mouse shares his find of a five-leaf clover, reversing a sense of misfortune with jubilance and optimism. Foley's spare, direct prose matches his simple yet telling stylized drawings, which reflect an almost Asian quality in black line and muted, pale greens, blues, tans and browns. Taken together, they convey a subtle message of finding good fortune and happiness in friendship. Once again, Foley's unpretentious Bear and Mouse deliver profound wisdom in a sweetly understated manner. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670062584
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 609,948
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Given Greg Foley's history as designer and creative director at Visionaire, V, and VMAN, it's really no surprise that he's created his Bear books with such simple and classic appeal. Born in the Phillipines, raised in Austin, Texas, and now living in Greenwich Village, Foley's intention is to make books for children worldwide. And clearly it's working; Thank You Bear won the prestigious Charlotte Zolotow Award and both it and Don't Worry Bear are being published in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Will Foley continue to do more Bear books? Friends are forever!

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