Oh! What a Surprise!

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Fox loves surprises! When she discovers Goose and Bear making gifts, she hopes that one of the presents is for her. But what if it isn’t? Even though hope may turn to disappointment, nothing can stop Fox from making her own spectacular surprise for Goose and Bear. In the end, Fox is overjoyed to find she hasn’t been forgotten after all. With her trademark simplicity and humor, Suzanne Bloom shows children once again what it means to be a true friend with this new and utterly ...
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Overview


Fox loves surprises! When she discovers Goose and Bear making gifts, she hopes that one of the presents is for her. But what if it isn’t? Even though hope may turn to disappointment, nothing can stop Fox from making her own spectacular surprise for Goose and Bear. In the end, Fox is overjoyed to find she hasn’t been forgotten after all. With her trademark simplicity and humor, Suzanne Bloom shows children once again what it means to be a true friend with this new and utterly charming Goose and Bear—and Fox!—story.
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"Short sentences and pastel spreads create what’s sure to become storytime favorite. The rich indigo skies brilliantly balance the white textures of Bear’s fur and Goose’s feathers, as well as Fox’s russet coat. The kit’s bouncy poses and confetti-colored gifts and wrappings add to this festive read." --School Library Journal

". . . Exuberant pastel illustrations with loose, scratchy textures stand out against brilliant , royal-blue backgrounds with the text set in white. This one has 'read it again' potential, and Fox has the makings of a star." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Fox is curious. Bear seems to be making something. When he asks, "What are you doing?" Bear tells him, "It's a surprise." Fox jumps into the air in his excitement. He loves surprises. Can he see? Can he help? Is it for him? Fox wraps himself up in the end of the colorful scarf that Bear is knitting. It is too long to be for him. Fox wonders if the scarf is intended for Goose. He runs to find Goose and arrives in time to see him placing something in a decorated box. Again, he asks if it is a surprise for him. He finds mittens in the box and tries them on. Too big. He is disappointed, because he loves surprises. Fox decides to make his own surprise and wrap it up. It is time for sharing the surprises. Fox jumps from inside the first gift box and surprises his friends with flying paper hearts of many colors. Bear and Goose give Fox a vest with big buttons and they give each other the scarf and mittens. Everyone is happy with their surprises. The illustrations in this oversize book feature expressive animals and colorful packages against dark backgrounds. A fun read aloud for young children. "Goose and Bear" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Goose and Bear return in this wintry tale of friendship. As the pair prepares handmade gifts, a spunky fox kit asks dozens of questions, most importantly, "Is it for me?… I love surprises!" When the answer is negative each time, cheerful Fox creates a gift by wrapping itself in hearts cut from paper. "Ta da! It's me. For you!" Goose and Bear reciprocate with a bright green, buttoned vest. Short sentences and pastel spreads create what's sure to become storytime favorite. The rich indigo skies brilliantly balance the white textures of Bear's fur and Goose's feathers, as well as Fox's russet coat. The kit's bouncy poses and confetti-colored gifts and wrappings add to this festive read.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
In the fourth entry in the charming Goose and Bear series, the polar bear and gawky white goose are again joined by their irrepressible little friend, a fox with the personality of a bright 2-year-old. Each of the volumes in the series deals with some aspect of friendship, and this time the issue concerns gifts for friends. Making presents, wrapping them, wondering about the recipient, waiting to open the package--all are exciting concepts for the little fox, who narrates the tale. The clever story conveys a complete plot in only a few words and will appeal to both younger children who are just starting to listen to stories and to older ones who will appreciate the subtle humor. Fox thinks the scarf Bear is knitting must be for her, as well as the mittens Goose is making. She's so excited about the present exchange that she wraps herself up as a surprise package and pops out to delight her more-experienced friends. They give her a custom-made vest, which delights Fox so much she suggests they do their present exchange all over again. Exuberant pastel illustrations with loose, scratchy textures stand out against brilliant, royal-blue backgrounds with the text set in white. This one has "read it again" potential, and Fox has the makings of a star. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590788929
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Bear and Goose Stories Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 820,096
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: BRL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of the picture books featuring Goose and Bear: A Splendid Friend, Indeed, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book; Treasure; and What About Bear? Her other books include No Place for a Pig, A Mighty Fine Time Machine, and the popular The Bus for Us. She lives with her family in McDonough, New York.

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