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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
What's the story?
It's autumn and Bear tucks himself into his cave, but then gets bored and misses his friends. He decides to make a feast and invite his friends, But his cupboard is bare. Just then his pal Mouse stops by with a huckleberry pie, and Bear says, \"Thanks!\" The Hare brings muffins, Badger brings fish, Gopher and Mole brig nuts, and so on till there's a big feast for the animal friend to share. Bear says \"Thanks\" after every contribution, and they all say \"Thanks\" at then end of the feast.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important to say "Thanks" or "Thank you." Why do you think parents and teachers want you to get in the habit of saying it?
What's fun about animal stories?
If you've read any other books in the Bear series, how do you think this one compares? Do you like it as much as the others you're read?
- Author: Karma Wilson
- Illustrator: Jane Chapman
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship, Holidays, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: McElderry Books
- Publication date: September 9, 2012
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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