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Bear Says Thanks (Bear)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  586 ratings  ·  98 reviews
What better way for Bear to say thanks, than to have a big dinner with all his friends!

Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to d...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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I love Karma Wilson's bear books. The rhyme scheme is great, and the cast of characters is adorable (I especially loved the little owl in this one. Jane Chapman knows how to illustrate cute critters!) This story shows a good message about sharing and friendship--and gratitude.
Aug 31, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We have loved Karma Wilson's Bear books for years. They were some of the first books that I reviewed here on Goodreads. Our girls are getting a little old for these stories, but thankfully they still humor me. I like the message about being thankful in this book. It's perfect to read at Thanksgiving, but isn't specifically about the holiday.

The rhymes aren't quite as fluid and rhythmic as they are for Bear Snores On, but the illustrations are just as adorable and our girls love the repetition -...more
1. Opening: Today we are going to read the story Bear Says Thanks. The author is Karma Wilson. Maybe you've read other books about Bear by Karma Wilson. A few of them are Bear's New Friend, Bear Feels Sick, Bear Feels Scared, and Bear Snores On. If you remember we read about llama llama and Martha sharing their toys with others but what happens if you don't have any toys to share? Would you still be able to share with your friends? What would you share?
In this story, Bear Says Thanks, Bear is h...more
Even though this wasn't about trains, my preschoolers could still get into this one. Even my 5 yr old enjoyed the pictures and story concept. I, myself, enjoyed the illustrations of the big fluffy bear and the cute animals. And the added lesson of saying "Thanks" is always a nice addition to any children's book. A good solid level 1 reading book as well. Our family enjoyed this.
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Wilson, Karma, and Jane Chapman. Bear Says Thanks. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2012. Print.

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Bear Snores on is the newest addition to the Bear series that has more than 1,000,000 books in print. Bear wants to have a feast with his friends, but he has no food. All of his friends bring food to eat with him, and he says,"thanks." He feels anxious when he realizes they have brought so much but his cupboards are bare. His friends tell him he has stories t...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
A story of friendship and saying "thanks". I like Wilson's Bear series and love Chapman's illustrations.
Audience-Grades prek-1
Opening Style-Prompt brief sharing of personal experiences related to the topic or theme.
Prompt predictions based on the title

Does anyone know a time when we thank someone? Wait for student response. Does anyone know a holiday that we are thankful? Wait for student response. Correct, Thanksgiving. What are some of the things we do on Thanksgiving? Wait for student response. I heard that someone said food, we do celebrate by eating lots of food. As I read, listen to the thi...more
The Bear series by Karma Wilson continues to impress with its latest entry. There are only a few children’s picture book series that have maintained the quality of both writing and illustration as this series has. In this latest tale, Bear has an idea to create a big feast and invite his friends over to share. The only problem is that Bear has nothing in his cupboard at all. Mouse shows up with a pie to share, and Bear says “Thanks!” Bear continues to fret that he has nothing to share when Hare...more
Meghan Mcmanis
I loved the book Bear says thanks, it is about bear and how lonely he is in his cave all by himself on thanksgiving, he isnt with any friends or family and has NO FOOD! Eventually each animal starts bringing bear a different type of food to eat and share. Bear feels horrible because he has nothing to give in return, but they all tell him not to worry and that its a time to be thankful. In the end bear is thankful for all the friends he has in his life that brought him thanksgiving dinner. I woul...more
Mallory Hall
This is my favorite book in Karma Wilson's Bear series. The language and the illustrations are outstanding in all the books, but this one has my favorite theme. There are a lot of great vocab words and concepts to be gleaned from this one. Concepts to discuss with toddlers include sharing, gatherings of friends and families, and inadequacy. Vocabulary words include "bare", "lair", "fret", "quilt", and "moan" plus the different animals and different foods discussed in the book. Sometimes I make a...more
I had picked up this book for my son because I had previously thought that I liked the look of some of Karma Wilson's other books. Plus the illustrations were adorable; my son loved looking at the pictures. In this book, Bear is feeling lonely when he visited by all of his friends, who bring him food. He keeps saying "Thanks" but wants to really show them his appreciation. But he has no food to share. His friends assure him that he has plenty to give, all his stories, and that will be more than...more
Christine Turner
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What better way for Bear to say thanks, than to have a big dinner with all his friends! Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks; a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There's just one problem: Bear's cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Karma Wilson's playful text and Jane Chapman's charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young reade...more
I'm obviously a "Bear" fan at this point and as usual everyone enjoyed this book during preschool storytime. The book was easy to follow and the repetitiveness of what the bear does really helps young children understand the storyline.
Lake Agassiz Regional Library
I adore all of the bear books by Karma Wilson! In this new one Bear and his friends teach us s ubtle lessons about sharing what you've got, the value of friends, and of course, saying thanks.
Emily Hilkemann
In this book “Bear Says Thanks,” Bear wants to have a feast and all of his friends bring food. But Bear is sad because he does not have anything to bring to the feast. His friends tell him not to worry, he can tell his great stories. This book is an easy read for kids in grades kindergarten through second and is written in short rhyming stanzas. With very appealing illustrations by Jane Chapman, this story gently teaches kids about saying “thanks” and would be very appropriate to read at the beg...more
This book is great. I read it to my toddlers at preschool and even they got into the movements that the book brings on. I see this book fitting ages anywhere from about 3-6 so it would even work in a school setting in kindergarten. Bear is bored in his cave and invites everyone over but he doesnt have anything in his cupboards. However, as his friends stop by they all bring different things and they all arrive a different way which is the part that you can incorporate movement while reading to t...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
Written in rhyming prose, Bear Says Thanks is a delightful read out loud book for the holiday season. Bear is worried that he has nothing to share with his friends, but then he learns that being a friend is about just being yourself and giving whatever you have to offer.

I am a big fan of Karma Wilson's writing. Her prose and rhyming are flawless, making the book fun and easy to read. Jane Chapman's illustrations are warm and charming. She creates a beautiful atmosphere that makes me want to turn...more
A beautifully drawn and told tale of Bear whose friends (the other animals) bring treats to his lair and they eat and tell stories.
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
Bear and his friends create a feast to share and stories to tell as they gather together one more time to enjoy each others company.
Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks: a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There's just one problem: Bear's cupboards are bare! What is he to do?

Karma Wilson's playful text and Jane Chapman's charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.

Kids loved it - great opener to dis...more
One of Howard's favorites.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Bear wants to host a party, but his cupboards are empty. His friends unexpectedly arrive bearing dishes of food to share. Bear offers his thanks, but he is sad to have nothing to give to his visitors. His friends share their thanks, not for his empty cupboards, but for his marvelous stories he shares with everyone.

Bear Says Thanks is the newest book in the bear series. Wilson's books are so gentle and sweet that any reader will enjoy them. It is also easy to share ASL signs for bear and thank yo...more
Bear is back and this time he is lonely and decides he wants to have a feast with his friends. However, his cupboards are bare. His friends come to visit and bring him treats. He soon discovers that he has his own unique offering to bring to the feast. He learns that there are many things to be thankful for. The illustrations are wonderful and really bring to life the animals and their time with Bear.

I would recommend for pre-school to grade 1. A delightful read for Thanksgiving.
Meghan Hunt
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Zacaro Caro
So, I read this book at the library and at the end of it I had like 8-10 kids listening to me. So I read 2 more of Karma Wilson's books and some grandma asked if I do that every Tuesday... No, but maybe I could.

Ok Karma Wilson has a great and fun cadence In her books, I want her to write my eulogy or something. I mean what I'm saying is that there aren't many kid authors out there that are writing such fun books that are this enjoyable to read out loud. Thanks Karma!
Ginger Smith
I enjoyed this picture book immensely. I loved the art work - the nice big pages, big illustrations, the animals, the colors, the rhymes and the story. In this story bear looks through his cupboards but finds them bare. His friends arrive with lots of goodies to share. He feels bad at first and explains he has nothing to share. But his friends assure him, they don't mind sharing their goodies in exchange for his stories (and company of course too).
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Fall is the perfect time for thankfulness. Even animals, such as bears, want to express their thanks. It is the perfect time for friends to show their appreciation, even when Bear's cupboards are bare.

Pam S. / Marathon County Public Library
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Bear Says Thanks is about a bear that invites his friends over for dinner but learns he has nothing in is cupboards to share. His friends end up bringing dishes with them and the bear is thankful! Even though the bear had nothing himself to bring to the table, he learns that being a friend id about being yourself and giving whatever is is you have to offer!
This book would be great for rhyming because it is written in a rhythmical way!
Nov 20, 2012 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bear fans
Shelves: z_12, picture-books
Bear says...THANKS!

Yeah, not gonna lie: my heart hurt a little when a bored Bear decided to throw a feast for his friends only to discover his cupboard was bare. Ah, kid.

Only real issue: if--spoiler alert!--Bear's gift to the crowd was a story, why didn't we see him tell one?

You can read Bear books to younger kids (I do right down through preschool), but right around 1st they'll get way more of the plot/vocab.
Meg McGregor
We heard this story at our story time hour today and just had to bring it home.

This is part of a series with main character being Bear. In all the books Bear and the reader have an epiphany.

In this book, Bear realizes that even though he has no food or drink to contribute to the feast, his friends want him there because his contribution is the great stories that he tells.

Happy Thanksgiving 2013.
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Karma Wilson grew up an only child of a single mother in the wilds of North Idaho. Way back then (just past the stone age and somewhat before the era of computers) there was no cable TV and if there had been Karma could not have recieved it. TV reception was limited to 3 channels, of which one came in with some clarity. Karma did the only sensible thing a lonely little girl could do…she read or pl...more
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