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Thank You Bear

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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.
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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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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: 9784838718672
  • Publisher: Magazinehouse/Tsai Fong Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Language: Japanese
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Foley lives in New York City.

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