BEAR SAYS THANKS, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Sept. 5, 2023, Hardcover, $9.99 (ages 2-5)
Bear has so much to give thanks for in the ninth offering of The Bear Books series by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, Bear Says Thanks.
What better way for Bear to say thanks than over a nice, big dinner? Bear decides to throw a feast! One by one, Bear’s friends show up with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? —Synopsis provided by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Bear Says Thanks is the perfect book for this time of year. Even though it’s not Thanksgiving specific, it helps set the tone for little ones.
Karma Wilson’s rhythmic text is fun to read aloud and moves the story forward. And the repetition of “And bear says, ‘Thanks!’” invites kids to take part.
Jane Chapman’s acrylic paintings are full of detail and life. Her characters are adorable and welcoming to new and old fans of the series.
Bear Says Thanks is great fun for any time of the year, but especially now, heading into the holiday season.
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