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Number of Pages: 30
Vendor: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Little Letters
Early one morning, a little bear found a little box.
So begins this simple but extremely satisfying picture book, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow award. Now in board book format for little hands, Thank You Bear is a wonderful mystery of a story that asks a question that even the youngest of children will enjoy guessing the answer to--what is in Bear's box?
From red fox to gray elephant, colorful animals tell Bear what they think is inside. But it's not until the very last page, that all is revealed and in the very sweetest way.
"In this gentle fable, a wide-eyed bear cub finds that one fellow's throwaway item can be another fellow's treasure."-Parenting Magazine
"Little ones will undoubtedly be able to identify with Bears emotions as they watch him move from benevolent joy to uncertainty and doubt and then to gleeful satisfaction. Watercolor animal figures, outlined in strong black lines and set mostly against a white background, distinctly convey the dénouement. Halfway through the story, Foleys use of a single darker brown background effectively portrays Bears declining mood and doubt. A smooth union of words and art to illustrate an important message."-Kirkus Reviews
"Foley, making his childrens book debut, is an award-winning graphic designer and the creative director for the hipster-fashionista bibles Visionaire, V and VMan. His simple story concerns "a little bear (who) found a little box." The cub thinks it is "the greatest thing ever!" But on his way to presenting the box to his friend Mouse, the furry hero meets up with naysayers whose discouragement ranges from "Ive seen those before" (an owl) to "Youre holding it the wrong way" (a fox). But Mouse looks at the box "this way and that," and agrees with his pals original rave, to the letter. Mouse gratefully makes the box his new home (hence, the title). Foley combines an energetic ink line with pleasingly off-register washes of muted color, giving his pages a handsome, retro look. He strips down the story and the illustrations to their essence, allowing toddlers to place themselves in the cubs position, and rejoice when his best friends appreciates his gift- a box just right for Mouse to make his own."-Publishers Weekly
Good Luck Bear is the 2008 winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award.