Thank You Bear (Board Book)

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Bear and his friends will charm little ones in this new format

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

So begins this simple but extremely satisfying picture book, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow award. Now in board book format for little hands, Thank You Bear is a wonderful mystery of a story that asks a question that even the youngest of children will enjoy ...

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Overview

Bear and his friends will charm little ones in this new format

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

So begins this simple but extremely satisfying picture book, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow award. Now in board book format for little hands, Thank You Bear is a wonderful mystery of a story that asks a question that even the youngest of children will enjoy guessing the answer to—what is in Bear's box?

From red fox to gray elephant, colorful animals tell Bear what they think is inside. But it's not until the very last page, that all is revealed and in the very sweetest way.

Winner of the 2008 Charlotte Zolotow Award

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670785070
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 483,607
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas. He now lives in Greenwich Village and is the creative director of V magazine, VMan, and Visionaire. His first book, Thank You Bear, won the prestigious Charlotte Zolotow Award.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Cute

    This book is adorable! Im 11 and i still think it cute!

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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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