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Thank You Bear Hardcover – March 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; English Language edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670061654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670061655
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 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 Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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Pleased to find a small, empty box, Bear calls it "the greatest thing ever!" and he 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 until Mouse comes along. After listening to Bear and exploring the box inside and out, Mouse pronounces it "the greatest thing ever!" and curls up inside it for a nap. Designed and illustrated with a minimum of fuss, the book can be enjoyed by very young children, while somewhat older ones may want to talk about how they feel when others don't value the things they treasure. In his first picture book, author-illustrator Foley shows unusual restraint in letting essential lines, areas of flat color, and a little stippled shading illustrate the equally spare text. In an age of visual glitz, this simple picture book speaks in a refreshingly unpretentious way. Carolyn Phelan
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If you only buy one book for your toddler buy this one.
Bookworm
It's a great lesson in appreciating friendships and accepting what you feel in your heart is true.
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The story is simple and fun, and the illustrations and characters are wonderfully appealing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Hickey on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With its refreshing, pared down style and a simple but deeply resonant message, Thank You Bear is a delight for children as well as the grown-ups in their lives. Touching on important themes like generosity, diversity and self-doubt, it is ultimately a beautiful tale of friendship and the depths of the heart. A Must for your child's collection; one to keep and pass on. My children adore it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Galinsky on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Thank You Bear teaches the timeless lesson that we should be happy with what we have, and not be concerned with what other people tell us we need. It tells this lesson, but not in a pedantic way. The story is simple and fun, and the illustrations and characters are wonderfully appealing. My kids, 8 and 4, both loved it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By a reader on May 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought about purchasing the book because my grandson is called Bear and the illustrations are simple and lovely. Then I read it. Wow.

Powerful message and oooohhh so simple. Eloquent book of few words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Williams on December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Pros:
-Great artwork
-Nice story
-Good lesson for kids to learn

Cons:
-Pages difficult to turn
-Easy to damage pages and dust cover

The first copy of this book I received I had to send back. The pages were not fully cut and some were still attached to each other. Amazon is always great handling returns though!

This book has wonderful artwork and a nice flowing story! The lesson of saying thank you and being kind to those around you is a necessary one! My only problem is for being a "kids" book, it is not very durable. The dust cover is removable and the pages are very thin and difficult to turn. So when we read this book, I hold it and turn the pages while my 19 month old lessons from a little bit of a distance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kansas Mom on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book with my 2 1/2 year old. It is simple, beautiful, and has lessons for children at multiple ages. My 9-month-old sat on my lap as I read to his sister, and we pointed out the different animals on each page and named them. It gives him a chance to practice pointing to different animals and as he develops he'll be able to practice saying the names. For my 2-year-old, it was a book of mystery where she could guess what was in the box as each of the animals on the pages looked inside. We talked about what would fit in the box, what the animals might be seeing... it was a great mystery for her. And at the end, we were able to talk about what you say when someone things so much of you that they give you a gift. As she gets old, we can talk about the deeper meaning of why the animals in the story don't support bear's gift choice for mouse, and what the beauty of the gift is.
I'd highly recommend this book. Gorgeous illustrations and wonderful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on April 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I can't speak highly enough of this book. I discovered it in a bookshop, read it and bought it on the spot. I can't believe I hadn't heard anything about it. If you only buy one book for your toddler buy this one. Beautiful message. Beautifully illustrated. Greg Foley is a talent I'm sure we will be hearing a lot from in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Engelhardt on October 20, 2007
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This delightful little book brings issues we all face in life to light. It's short, simple to read but has so much depth. It's great for using with adult learners as well as the very young.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Ellwood on February 11, 2013
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This is a simple tale that is sweet, cute, lovely, perfect, and just . . . wonderful. Buy it for your kids, buy it for your friends kids, make it your go-to shower/baby gift, and buy a copy for yourself. You won't be sorry.
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