Thank You Bear

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Overview

Pleased to find a small, empty box, Bear calls it "the greatest thing ever" and decides to take it to his friend Mouse. Along the way, he meets Monkey, Owl, Fox, Elephant, Squirrel, and Rabbit, but no one really appreciates his find. Bear begins to doubt his earlier enthusiasm, 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."

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Overview

Pleased to find a small, empty box, Bear calls it "the greatest thing ever" and decides to take it to his friend Mouse. Along the way, he meets Monkey, Owl, Fox, Elephant, Squirrel, and Rabbit, but no one really appreciates his find. Bear begins to doubt his earlier enthusiasm, 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."

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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 Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 678,802
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Foley lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    I love this book!  I work with children and am an on-call babysi

    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.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    A good gift comes from the heart.

    A cute story about the importance of giving and what really matters about a gift, no matter what others say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2007

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    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!

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