Thank You Bear
Pleased to find a small, empty box, Bear calls it "the greatest thing ever" and decides to take it to his friend Mouse. Along the way, he meets Monkey, Owl, Fox, Elephant, Squirrel, and Rabbit, but no one really appreciates his find. Bear begins to doubt his earlier enthusiasm, but Mouse has the last say when he looks inside the little box. "It is the greatest thing ever," he tells his friend. "Thank you, Bear."
"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 Bear’s 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, Foley’s use of a single darker brown background effectively portrays Bear’s declining mood and doubt. A smooth union of words and art to illustrate an important message."-Kirkus Reviews
"Foley, making his children’s 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 “I’ve seen those before” (an owl) to “You’re holding it the wrong way” (a fox). But Mouse looks at the box “this way and that,” and agrees with his pal’s 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 cub’s 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.
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