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Bear Says Thanks (The Bear Books) by [Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman]

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Bear Says Thanks.

Wilson, Karma (Author) , Chapman, Jane (Illustrator)

Sep 2012. 40 p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, hardcover, $16.99. (9781416958567).

Bored and lonely in his cave, Bear thinks of inviting his friends to a feast, but he has no food to offer them.To his surprise, Mouse stops in with a huckleberry pie, Hare brings muffins, Badger offers fresh-caught fish, and Gopher, Mole, Owl, Raven, and Wren arrive with nuts, pears, and herbs. Though Bear is happy to see them, he feels uncomfortable because he has no food to share. Not to worry—his friends encourage him to share his stories instead. Told in rhymed verse, the text reads aloud smoothly. As the animals arrive with their edible gifts, a repeated line, “and the bear says thanks gives children a chance to participate in the story. The book’s large format allows plenty of space for the illustrations, and Chapman’s lively acrylic paintings make the most of it. Even preschoolers new to the series will be charmed by this big, gentle bear and his generous woodland friends.

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Booklist, July 1, 2012

"Told in rhymed verse, the text reads aloud smoothly. As the animals arrive with their edible gifts, a repeated line, 'and the bear says thanks' gives children a chance to participate in the story. The book’s large format allows plenty of space for the illustrations, and Chapman’s lively acrylic paintings make the most of it. Even preschoolers new to the series will be charmed by this big, gentle bear and his generous woodland friends."--
Booklist

"Wilson does it again in this new installment about Bear and his forest friends.... The illustrations are as detailed as ever, and children will want to reach out and hug Bear because he is so fluffy and welcoming. The rhymes are pleasing to the ear and move the story along. This is a great choice to share in storytime when discussing gratitude, sharing, or thanks."--
School Library Journal

WILSON, Karma. Bear Says Thanks. illus. by Jane Chapman. 40p. CIP. S & S/McElderry. Sept. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-5856-7; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-6126-0. LC 2011026112. PreS-K–Wilson does it again in this new installment about Bear and his forest friends. This time Bear is bored and wants to throw a party. When he discovers that he has nothing in his cupboards with which to whip up a feast, he becomes despondent. But his trusty pals come to the rescue, all offering up something for the festivities. Bear is thankful for their generosity but still feels sad that he has nothing to make. Once again, his friends help him understand how much he is loved by telling him that his stories are the most valuable contribution to the party. The illustrations are as detailed as ever, and children will want to reach out and hug Bear because he is so fluffy and welcoming. The rhymes are pleasing to the ear and move the story along. This is a great choice to share in storytime when discussing gratitude, sharing, or thanks.

-SLJ August 2012

BEAR SAYS THANKS
Author: Wilson, Karma
Illustrator: Chapman, Jane

Review Issue Date: September 1, 2012
Online Publish Date: August 8, 2012
Publisher:McElderry
Pages: 40
Price (Hardcover ): $16.99
Price (e-book ): $12.99
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
ISBN (Hardcover ): 978-1-4169-5856-7
ISBN (e-book ): 978-1-4424-6126-0
Category: Picture Books

In a new companion to
Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More (2002, 2003), a lovable bevy of friends come together again for feast and fun.

Bear is bored and lonely and decides that a dinner party is the perfect way to gather all his friends for some sharing and fun, but there is no food to be found in his cave. One by one his friends stop by, each bringing something delicious with open-hearted enthusiasm. Mouse, Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole and feathered friends Owl, Raven and Wren pool their goodies and create a glorious feast. Bear is grateful and warmed by their generosity and, as in previous works, the title refrain is repeated at every offering. But he is also embarrassed at having nothing to contribute. His friends reassure him that he has stories to share that will make the feast special. The lilting verse is neither trite nor singsong, and movement and excitement are conveyed as the animals flap, flitter, hurry and tromp into Bear’s home. Rich autumn hues abound throughout, from the opening double-page spread to the glowing earth-toned cave strewn with twigs and colorful leaves. Deep friendship is supremely evident in facial expressions and body language and their joy at being together. Who would not love this cuddly, soft, furry creature?

A tender tale of friendship, timed for Thanksgiving.
(Picture book. 3-7)

Kirkus, August 2012

Bear Says Thanks

Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman. S&S/McElderry, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4169-5856-7
In Bear’s eighth woodland outing, he is bored in his cave, so he plans a gathering—but his cupboards are bare. Serendipitously, his gentle friends stop by, one by one, bringing food: Badger brings fish, Hare brings muffins, and a trio of birds brings pears and herbs for tea. Though Bear regretfully admits that he has nothing to offer in exchange, they assure him that his presence is all that they need. Chapman’s glowing acrylics create a joyful atmosphere in a story that obliquely references Thanksgiving, but functions as a reminder of the importance of gratitude any time of year. Ages 3–7.

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Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2012

"Who would not love this cuddly, soft, furry creature? A tender tale of friendship, timed for Thanksgiving." (Kirkus)

"Chapman’s glowing acrylics create a joyful atmosphere in a story that obliquely references Thanksgiving, but functions as a reminder of the importance of gratitude any time of year." (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series; Where Is Home, Little Pip?; and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including 
Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Books series and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at JaneKChapman.com.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007OVCMB8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Margaret K. McElderry Books; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 4, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7739 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
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