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Goodbye House (Moonbear Books) Paperback – May 1, 1989

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PreS Baby Bear and his family are moving; just as the van is about to leave, Baby Bear says that he has forgotten something and goes back inside. When his parents join him, they share memories, and things look just as they were when the house was furnished. Gradually, the memory pictures fade, and the rooms are bare again. Papa Bear carries Baby Bear into each room, and they say goodbye together. Asch's newest title doesn't measure up to his others. The bright illustrations are typical of his work, but they lack the life and humor such books as Sand Cake and Popcorn (both Parent's Magazine Pr, 1979). The sentimentalized visualization of memory isn't child-like. The message (that it's important to finalize a relationship by resolving it with a goodbye) is a good one, but here there is no joy in going on to a new houseor experience. There is no mention of where they are goingor whyand the book is disconcertingly unreassuring.Lauralyn Persson, Pawtucket Public Library, R.I.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Moonbear Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671679279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671679279
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ken Miller on May 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
The plot of _Goodbye House_: Baby Bear and his parents have packed up the moving van. Baby Bear realizes he has forgotten something, so Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear venture back inside.
But the house is empty! Father bear then says, "But what about the memories?" Papa then carries baby bear around the house, and they say goodbye to each room, to the walls and ceilings, and in the back yard they say goodbye to the fence, and other objects.
After they leave the house and lock the front door, they get back in the moving van and drive away. Baby bear exclaims that he realizes he forgot to say 'goodbye.'
It's a touching book, and it's easy to animate your voice a little bit to make the book funny and playful.
I know you're thinking there's not much to the plot, but my 2 year old son (he was 20 months when we first started reading this book) just LOVES it. When I tell it, I give papa bear's voice a really rough edge, a deep sound, and a New York accent. My son now joins in with me when I bust out with "What about the memories" like an actor in a gangster film. He roars with laughter. And when we're done reading the book, he usually wants me to read it one more time.
I heartily recommend _Goodbye House_ to any families with toddlers, 18 months to 3 years. I also recommend it to any families with children aged 18 months to 5 years who are moving to a new house.
The paperback version is SO inexpensive. For a few dollars more you can add this to your amazon book order. You won't be disappointed.
ken32.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2001
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When we planned our cross country move I purchased several children's books that dealt with the subject to read to my two children. This was our favorite. It is a heart warming story about saying goodbye to the house but not to the happy memories. We even walked around our empty house after the moving van had left to say goodbye just as the bear family does in Goodbye House. I am filled with happy memories of our old home every time I read it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "webmomster" on September 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
The little bear says goodbye to his old house. But the book is about an ENDING in life, and doesn't talk about the BEGINNING of what's to come. This book is sad, I think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam - because someone must be a thorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I absolutely agree with the reviews here, with one caveat. This is a great book, but it really only deserves Five Stars when it comes to a specific application: It is a book for children who are going to be moving.

If you are not moving, it just is not as poignant... at least not to my kid's (3 and 5).

Five Stars if you are going to be moving. Three Stars as a regular read.
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