From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Goose and Bear return in this wintry tale of friendship. As the pair prepares handmade gifts, a spunky fox kit asks dozens of questions, most importantly, "Is it for me?... I love surprises!" When the answer is negative each time, cheerful Fox creates a gift by wrapping itself in hearts cut from paper. "Ta da! It's me. For you!" Goose and Bear reciprocate with a bright green, buttoned vest. Short sentences and pastel spreads create what's sure to become storytime favorite. The rich indigo skies brilliantly balance the white textures of Bear's fur and Goose's feathers, as well as Fox's russet coat. The kit's bouncy poses and confetti-colored gifts and wrappings add to this festive read.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Friends Goose and Bear are back for another small-time, large-format adventure in a situation to which little ones will be able to relate. As the duo quietly wraps presents, Fox pesters them, wanting to know if the presents are for him and pointing out that, if they are, they are inappropriate. Surmising that nothing is being prepared to surprise him, Fox decides to make his own spectacular, splendid surprise. As with previous books, Bloom has crafted a full story with a minimum of words, while the uncluttered, blue-toned illustrations effectively convey emotion through body language and facial expressions. A natural for storytimes and likely to spark lively discussions. Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos