Un amigo de veras maravilloso (A Splendid Friend, Indeed)

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Bear wants to read and write and think. Goose wants to talk and talk and talk. Can Bear and Goose be friends? Suzanne Bloom's picture book says volumes about friendship with a few select words and charming illustrations.

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Overview

Bear wants to read and write and think. Goose wants to talk and talk and talk. Can Bear and Goose be friends? Suzanne Bloom's picture book says volumes about friendship with a few select words and charming illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K-A friendly, talkative goose endears himself to a contemplative polar bear. On each spread, Bear practices a quiet activity, such as reading, writing, and thinking. And each time, Goose interrupts by asking what he is doing and then taking over the activity. When Bear spends his time thinking, Goose declares, "Thinking makes me hungry." He makes a snack and reads a note that he's written to Bear that describes him as "my splendid friend." Bear is touched by the friendship note and responds by giving Goose a big bear hug. The large format makes the book ideal for group sharing and the oversized text is accessible to beginning readers. The cool palette of the pastel illustrations, consisting of shades of blue and white and touches of violet, sets a quiet, friendly tone, and the animals' priceless expressions tell all. The gentle humor will elicit giggles; Goose's silly statements and Bear's patient responses beg to be read aloud. An ideal book for storytimes about friendship and sharing.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A more perfect union between giggle-inducing but reassuring images and a text of very few words is hard to conjure. The brilliant pastels open on a double-page spread of Goose trotting down a huge hairy mound, which turns out to be Bear, lying on his stomach with a book. "What are you doing? Are you reading?" asks Goose, perched on Bear's head. "I like to read" says Goose, sitting directly in front of Bear's book, and reading to him. Bear takes out his notebook and starts to write, and Goose wants Bear to see him write. Bear, visibly growing increasingly exasperated, is thinking now, and Goose notes that thinking makes him hungry and goes off to make a snack. He returns with a snack, a blanket and a note for Bear, who at this point is trying to hide behind his notebook. "You are my splendid friend," reads Goose's note, and Bear wipes away a tear and wraps Goose in a huge hug before the two sit down to share the snack. Bear's ursine fuzziness against a background of deep blues and Goose's small awkward, overeager self make an adorable contrast. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher

"Bloom gets maximum effect with minimum words. . . . Fun to read aloud, the book will also lead to discussion about friendly (and annoying) behavior." --Booklist

* "The gentle humor will elicit giggles; Goose's silly statements and Bear's patient responses beg to be read aloud. An ideal book for storytimes about friendship and sharing." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "A more perfect union between giggle-inducing but reassuring images and a text of very few words is hard to conjure." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784907
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Bear and Goose Stories Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 545,589
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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