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A Splendid Friend, Indeed (Goose and Bear Stories)

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Bear wants to read and write and think. Goose wants to talk and talk and talk. Can Bear and Goose be friends? Suzanne Bloom's picture book says volumes about friendship with a few select words and charming illustrations in this Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book .
Board Book, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Boyds Mills Press (first published March 1st 2005)
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Landon Rotolo-Utz
I've been a fan of Suzanne Bloom's work since I first had the experience of discovering it. A Splendid Friend, Indeed is another great example of children's literature. The book follows a pair of friends Bear and Goose. Bear loves to read, write, and think making him a mainly quiet character but, Goose on the other hand loves to talk. He always seems to be interrupting Bear trying to get his attention. Bear seems to be getting annoyed of the interruptions but never seems to say anything. The sto ...more
Bethley Giles
Bloom, S. (2005). A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Honesdale, Pa: Boyds Mills Press.

2006 Geisel Honor Book

This is a very sweet book for early readers. The story is nice but in my opinion does not flow very well so it is not a book that I enjoy reading aloud. I still feel this way after reading it aloud many times in the past few weeks to my daughter, who does enjoy the story. Luckily, the illustrations tell much of the story, and they are beautiful. I particularly love the polar bear's fur, whic
Sarah Wilbern
Bloom, S. (2005). A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Pennsylvania: Boyds Mills Press.
Geisel Award.
Free Choice

This book is about a goose and a polar bear. The goose is very annoying, it always copies the polar bear. The polar bear gets tired of the goose. But, then the goose tells the polar bear that he is his best friend. This makes polar bear cry and polar bear tells goose that he is his best friend too. The pictures of the book are simple and add to the story. The sentences are simple as well; which w
My daughter liked it because she can read it all by herself; I liked it because the polar bear looks so fuzzy and cuddly.
Erin Chambers
This book has really big text for younger readers. It is also repetitive so it makes it easier to predict.
A hug is always nice but it doesn't erase annoying behavior.
Wanted to read this one for a while, so much did I like the cover. Sweet story about friendship and understanding, illustrated in lovely, dreamy, textured pastels, blue, yet warm, the type you would want to frame and hang by your child's bed. There are follow ups to this books, in a series of titles about Goose and Bear, and if my son was younger (he's four, going on five) I would probably get all the titles without hesitation. A Splendid Friend, Indeed however, while probably aimed at toddlers/ ...more
Christina Mathers
Just the cover of this book is beautiful. This book has also won The Odor Seuss Geishel Honor. This book is about a duck that is constantly questioning a bear. First the bear is reading, a ducks like to read too. Then the bear is writing. Well, ducks like to write too. Then the bear looks very upset and the duck thinks that he is thinking. Thinking makes the duck very hungry and he runs and grabs the bear a snack. He also writes the bear a note. I don't want to spoil the story, so I can't tell y ...more
Amy Musser
This short book focuses on an unlikely friendship between a large polar bear and a very talkative goose. Bear just wants to think and write and Goose wants to do those things too! But Goose never stops talking, talking, talking. Bear is about to go crazy when Goose reads his note to Bear, “I like you. Indeed I do. You are my splendid friend.”

The text of this American Library Association Notable Children’s book is written completely in dialogue, mostly Goose, making this a fun story to read aloud
This is a picture book for nursery to primary readers. It’s about a bear and a goose (or a duck, I’ve had debates with kids over what it is) and the goose continues to annoy the bear. The bear is doing something and the goose comes over and wants to do it too. Finally they both agree that the other is a splendid friend indeed. I like this book mostly because of the pictures in it, the story line is cute but very simplistic, so I don’t expect it to be very interesting to older readers. The pictur ...more
Nicole Perez
A really precious and simple story about making friends and talking with friends. Bloom instantly shows the contrast between talkative Goose and quiet pensive Bear through the illustrations: Bear reading a book comfortably and Goose standing atop his head. The illustrations are so vibrant, eye catching and heart warming. Sort of humorous in how Bear just wants to think, write and read while Goose loves to talk and be lively. Duck shows him how these differences shouldn't stop them from being fri ...more
It's a good book for emerging readers with brief text, short words, and funny illustrations. You could easily talk about how the polar bear is reacting to the goose, how the goose might want to be more attentive to the bear's body language, or maybe even how the bear's a grump who need someone to be his friend. It's a great story for pre-school or kindergarten!
Paul Farbman
Jan 21, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kindergarten-1st grade and their teachers
Shelves: 00-in-class
I enjoyed this book, but it is definitely intended for younger readers. Most of the pages only contain one, easy-to-read sentence.

The two characters in the book are a quite bear who likes to read and a loud duck who likes to talk. The message is that it is ok to give a person who is different from you the chance to be your friend.

The illustrations in this book are very colorful and inviting to young readers. The cover is what made me want to pick it up.
"I love this book. It's my favorite book. I like that at first the bear was grumpy then he read the duck's note and it made him happy."

Papa says this is the second book I read to him all by myself. Papa also liked the illustrations and liked the sweet and enthusiastic characters.
Erika Hubler
I really like this book. It is a short read and easy to read. Its appropriate for 3-5 year olds. It reminds me of the many friends I have and although they can annoy and bother you, they will still be there to make you feel good about yourself at the end of the day.
Kelli Mcdonald
A splendid friend, indeed is about two different friends who are very different from each other. Duck likes to talk, talk, and talk but Bear wants to read, write and think. These two opposites do attract in a way children understand. Despite all of their differences and all of the things they do not have in common, Duck and Bear are very splendid friends, indeed. The reason I enjoyed this book so much was because it is easy to read as well as to comprehend. I think loving someone despite their d ...more
Rima Aroutiounian
This book will help kids about becoming friends and it will also build narrative skills, because of the story's pattern. It will teach kids to be patient and will help parents to ask questions about the story to from their child.
Bear is a reader, a writer, and a thinker. Goose wants to talk, and talk, and talk some more. Bear is very accommodating and patient with Goose. Goose proves worthy of Bear’s patience and the unlikely pair become splendid friends.
Having often been in Bear's position, I sympathize a lot with him; however, it is good for us to remember to spend time with those we love too!

Simple pictures and pretty simple words ("splendid" is easily the hardest word in the book), but a nice story.

No content issues.

Clarah Camp
This book is a great book for little children, especially in the earlier grades. It shows what the power of a compliment can do. In the book you can clearly see that the Polar Bear does not like the duck because he asks to many questions but once the duck says that he is his most splendid friend, the Polar Bear returns the feeling and they are friends.Not only does it teach children how to be polite but it teaches them how to treat others even when they are getting on your nerves. Everyone can l ...more
Beautiful friendship between an overly eager, attention-seeking extroverted duck and easy-going, mild-mannered bear. Good to read to pre-schoolers as it shows them a side of themselves - attention-seeking kids who would do antics just to get their friend/parent to give them time, all in good fun though.
Cute exchange between polar bear and duck. A splendid friendship blooms, what a splendid story indeed. Free flowing pastel illustrations that delivers a cheerful energy to the story.
Jessi G
Suzanne Bloom's "A Splendid Friend, Indeed" is a book about a persistent, talkative goose who keeps interrupting Bear. Goose copies everything Bear is trying to do. Goose interrupts Bear constantly. Goose wants to be in the middle of everything. I honestly got annoyed with Goose at about the same time that Bear did but my heart melted when Goose told Bear, "I wrote a note. I'll read it to you. I like you. Indeed I do. You are my splendid friend." The wide eyed picture of Bear and the free-loving ...more
This story is short but such a sweet tale about friendship. This story was used for the letter F theme.
Pesky characters in books appeal to me, like Willems' pigeon and Numeroff's mouse. I'm not sure why, they just do. So I find the irritating goose in A Splendid Friend, Indeed charming. But even more than the goose, I love the patient polar bear. He's the perfect foil to the silly goose.

The friendly pair are well-drawn -- the bear's fur is magnificent -- and expressive. Bloom brings them to life using pastels, which is not an easy medium to work with.

The story itself is so simple that a toddler
Chelsea Kimmey
This text would be good for a younger aged class to teach that have differences is good and that everyone can be friends even though they are different from one another
Jay R.
Challenging for 1st time readers but good message
Mrs. Knott
Geisel Honor Award book, 2006
I loved this simple yet adorable book about a talkative goose who wants to hang around Bear, but Bear is always trying to do something else. This story captures part of my childhood because when I was younger I was very talkative and probably quite annoying (like goose), and I always wanted to play with my older brothers.

This would be a good story to read to children who have siblings. If they are older they would probably be able to relate to Bear, but if they are younger they would relate bet
Amanda Casteel
Author: Suzanne Bloom

Genre: Fiction

Year Published: 2005

Reading Level: Early

Topic/theme: Friendship, Reading

Issues Addressed: Annoyance

Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Individual Reading, guided reading

Text and Illustrations: the illustrations go along with the text very well. This makes the reading of it easier

Summary: Goose wants to know what Polar Bear is doing. He's reading, and Goose is annoying him.

Literary Devices: Personification
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