A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn what kinds of homes different woodland animals have, from Bear's "lair" to the Mole and Gopher's underground tunnels.
And the story so teaches the value of gratitude, sharing with friends, giving generously, and politely saying thank you. When Bear is sad that he has no food to offer for the feast, Mouse tells him, "You don't need any food, you have stories to share!" -- a great message that don't always have to give things; you can give of yourself and your special talents.
Positive Role Models
Bear is a great model of gratitude as he thanks each woodland friend for bringing him food when his cupboard is bare, and for sharing a meal with him. Each animal is generous and upbeat, gives Bear a nice hug, appreciates him for being a good storyteller, and, like Bear, says thanks.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bear Says Thanks, the eighth book in the Bear series (Bear Snores On, Bear Stays Up, etc.), is a warm, gentle picture book that celebrates gratitude, friendship, and politely saying thanks when someone gives you something or does something for you. Bear is hungry and lonely in his cave, and one by one his friends bring him food treats. Bear says "Thanks" after each donation, and and they all enjoy a big feast -- and together say a big "Thanks!" when it's over.
Is It Any Good?
BEAR SAYS THANKS is warm and positive and visually very appealing in its autumnal palette. Each animal has lots of personality, and they really convey how deep and meaningful their shared friendship is. It has a wonderful message about gratitude any day, but would be an especially good choice around the Thanksgiving holiday.
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