Book Review: Greg Foley’s Thank You Bear

Posted December 10, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Greg Foley’s Thank You Bear

Thank You Bear


Greg Foley

It is part of the Bear series and is a picture book in Hardcover edition that was published by Viking Books For Young Readers on March 15, 2007 and has 32 pages.

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Other books in this series include Don't Worry Bear, Good Luck Bear, Make a Wish Bear, I Miss You Mouse

Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Don't Worry Bear, Good Luck Bear, Make a Wish Bear, I Miss You Mouse

Part of the Bear picture book series and revolving around a cuddly cub of a Bear.

In 2011, Thank You Bear was nominated for the Goldfinch Award (Iowa PreK-3rd Grade), and in 2008, it won the Charlotte Zolotow Award.

My Take

The spontaneous line drawings are simple with a splash of color that doesn’t fill the whole shape, yay! I enjoyed the contrast between the warm white pages with the illustrations opposite the colored pages with the text.

It’s a simple story of mystery as Bear gets excited about this box that he’s sure his friend will love. It’s a tale of disappointment and worry as Bear’s friends aren’t excited, and a great opportunity to talk to the kids about how important it is to have faith in oneself. To trust your instincts.

The Story

Early one morning, a little bear found a little box. He looked inside. Then he exclaimed, “Why, it’s the greatest thing ever! Mouse will love this.”

And then the doubts arise as his friends check out his treasure…

The Characters

Bear is a cuddly cub. Mouse is his best friend.

Monkey, Owl, Fox, Elephant, Squirrel, and Bunny are the animals Bear encounters along the way.

The Cover and Title

The cover has a soft deep cream background with the cutest, line-drawn bear in a warm caramel with that same cream for a tummy. He has the sweetest little face, and he’s dragging a double-branched stick behind him. The title fills the cover in a rounded serif font in a deep speckled brown. The author’s name is teeny in the lower left corner.

The title is the reward Mouse pays with a Thank You Bear.