Thank You Bear

Thank You Bear

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by Greg Foley
     
 

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Early one morning, a little bear found a little box.

He looked inside. Then he exclaimed,

“Why, it’s the greatest thing ever! Mouse will love this.”

Bear’s friends aren’t so sure of his newfound treasure, however. “That’s not so great,” says Monkey. “I’ve seen those before,” says Owl. And

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Overview

Early one morning, a little bear found a little box.

He looked inside. Then he exclaimed,

“Why, it’s the greatest thing ever! Mouse will love this.”

Bear’s friends aren’t so sure of his newfound treasure, however. “That’s not so great,” says Monkey. “I’ve seen those before,” says Owl. And by the time Bear finds Mouse, his own doubts have grown. But Mouse has the last say when he looks inside the little box. “It is the greatest thing ever,” he tells his friend. “Thank you, Bear.”

Part mystery, part fable, this deceptively simple story of true friendship is perfect for the very youngest reader. It is sure to tug at your heart.

Good Luck Bear is the 2008 winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award.

Editorial Reviews

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"Young listeners, particularly those who understand the value of leaves and stones and bottle caps, will love this book. They will hope that Bear will remain steadfast and trust in Mouse, who rewards Bear’s thoughtfulness with the gratitude of a true friend. Absolutely charming."-School Library Journal, starred review

"In this gentle fable, a wide-eyed bear cub finds that one fellow's throwaway item can be another fellow's treasure."-Parenting Magazine

"Little ones will undoubtedly be able to identify with Bear’s emotions as they watch him move from benevolent joy to uncertainty and doubt and then to gleeful satisfaction. Watercolor animal figures, outlined in strong black lines and set mostly against a white background, distinctly convey the dénouement. Halfway through the story, Foley’s use of a single darker brown background effectively portrays Bear’s declining mood and doubt. A smooth union of words and art to illustrate an important message."-Kirkus Reviews

"Foley, making his children’s book debut, is an award-winning graphic designer and the creative director for the hipster-fashionista bibles Visionaire, V and VMan. His simple story concerns “a little bear (who) found a little box.” The cub thinks it is “the greatest thing ever!” But on his way to presenting the box to his friend Mouse, the furry hero meets up with naysayers whose discouragement ranges from “I’ve seen those before” (an owl) to “You’re holding it the wrong way” (a fox). But Mouse looks at the box “this way and that,” and agrees with his pal’s original rave, to the letter. Mouse gratefully makes the box his new home (hence, the title). Foley combines an energetic ink line with pleasingly off-register washes of muted color, giving his pages a handsome, retro look. He strips down the story and the illustrations to their essence, allowing toddlers to place themselves in the cub’s position, and rejoice when his best friends appreciates his gift- a box just right for Mouse to make his own."-Publishers Weekly

Good Luck Bear is the 2008 winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award.

The story line of Greg Foley's charming debut picture book is simplicity itself. A little bear finds a box he's sure his best friend, Mouse, will love. He sets out to show Mouse his treasure, but everyone he meets dismisses it for one reason or another. Just as Bear begins to doubt the merits of his gift, along comes Mouse, who agrees it's "the greatest thing ever." Unlike many first-time authors, Foley understands the power of minimalism. In a few simple words and soft color-wash illustrations that are amazingly expressive, he conveys a reassuring message about friendship, gratitude, and shared values. Simply put, Thank You Bear is a sweet surprise.
Publishers Weekly

Foley, making his children's book debut, is an award-winning graphic designer and the creative director for the hipster-fashionista bibles Visionaire, Vand VMan. His simple story concerns "a little bear [who] found a little box." The cub thinks it is "the greatest thing ever!" But on his way to presenting the box to his friend Mouse, the furry hero meets up with naysayers whose discouragement ranges from "I've seen those before" (an owl) to "You're holding it the wrong way" (a fox). But Mouse looks at the box "this way and that," and agrees with his pal's original rave, to the letter. Mouse gratefully makes the box his new home (hence, the title). Foley combines an energetic ink line with pleasingly off-register washes of muted color, giving his pages a handsome, retro look. He strips down the story and the illustrations to their essence, allowing toddlers to place themselves in the cub's position, and rejoice when his best friend appreciates his gift—a box just right for Mouse to make his own. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
Bear has found something fantastic-a little box that Mouse will just love. But by the time Bear shows it to his friend, he is unsure of his gift's value, because everyone he has met along the way has pooh-poohed it as either too small, too ordinary, or better in someone else's hands. But Bear and Mouse aren't friends for nothing. Sure enough, Mouse agrees that the box is "the greatest thing ever." Bear's journey from euphoria to doubt to euphoria again is gently rendered. There is not a lot of detail in this book, but not a lot is needed. Pastels provide the backdrop for the text, while Bear and his detractors stand in contrast on a white page, carrying the story with their expressions and body language. Young listeners, particularly those who understand the value of leaves and stones and bottle caps, will love this book. They will hope that Bear will remain steadfast and trust in Mouse, who rewards Bear's thoughtfulness with the gratitude of a true friend. Absolutely charming.
—Kara Schaff DeanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670061655
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
491,229
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Greg Foley is the creative director at Visionaire and V magazine. He lives in New York City.

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Thank You Bear 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!  I work with children and am an on-call babysitter and nanny and wherever I go, I always take "Thank You Bear" with me! If I don't bring it, kids ask me where it is.  The graphics are so beautiful and simple yet there is so much for the child to take in as they gaze upon each page. I always give a unique voice to each animal and pause for a quiet moment before I change each page, watching the wheels turning in the child's head. I have not met a child that didn't love having this book read to them again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable! Im 11 and i still think it cute!
ShiroKoinu More than 1 year ago
A cute story about the importance of giving and what really matters about a gift, no matter what others say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up in the store,just to kill time, and I'm so glad I did. This is a must have for the children you love. I believe they will ask to have it read over and over, and you will be glad to read it for them. The author has definitely touched on 'real-life' here. He connects to the child in you. We all experience discouraging people, we did as children and we do now. Great lessons on how you treat others can be drawn from this very simple story. I was impressed with the authors ability to come across in such a big way, and yet he kept it on a child's level. Bravo!