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Bear Says Thanks (Bear)

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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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Logan Goldberg
So class, we have a few days of vacation this week! (Cheers) Why is that? (students respond) That's right, it's Thanksgiving on Thursday! I want everyone to think of what their family does on Thanksgiving, whether it's traveling to see family, having dinner with your parents, or doing something special. Who wants to share their traditions? (students share their stories) Those are all great things to do on Thanksgiving, but what is Thanksgiving about? Why do we celebrate it every year? (students ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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 -
Chelsea Yarworth
The story Bear Says Thanks genre is a picture book. This book would be for pre-k through second grade. This is a story about friendship and saying "thanks". One day bear is bored in his cave. He decides he will have a feast to share with his friends. One of bear's friends came by with some food. Before bear knew it there was a feast for everyone. Bear got ashamed because he had nothing to contribute to this feast. Bear's friends reminded him that he had amazing stories to share with them. I rate ...more
Michelle McBeth
Apr 13, 2015 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
Bear is bored in his cave. He decides he will have a feast to share with his friends. But he opens his cupboard and sees that it is bare. One by one his friends happen by with some food. Before long there is a feast for everyone. But Bear is ashamed because he has nothing to contribute to this feast. His friends remind him that he has amazing stories to share with them. Throughout the story, Bear says thanks to his friends for their generosity.

The illustrations were created in acrylic paint. The
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
Jun 24, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Lindsey Blazek
Bear Says Thanks is about a bear in his cave who is very lonely so he decides to cook a feast but then realizes his cupboards are empty. Throughout the story his animal friends come along who are more than happy to help bear out. What will their final feast consist of? This is a very good story about sharing and being a good friend, also about being thankful for what you have.

Wilson, K., & Chapman, J. (2012). Bear Says Thanks. New York, New York: Scholastic.

Since this story is about being t
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Feb 24, 2014 Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney rated it really liked it
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
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jun 16, 2012 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
A story of friendship and saying "thanks". I like Wilson's Bear series and love Chapman's illustrations.
Jan 28, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
There is such imagination and creativity with both the words and the illustrations in the book, "Bear says Thanks". This book would be great for pre-k through 2nd or 3rd grade. The community aspect that the book portrays would be a great conversation starter to identify the community within the classroom. This book also could be used during thanksgiving time as well. There is a line in the book that is used over which would be a great way to involve the students during the read-aloud. The illust ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Alexis Gibson
Nov 15, 2015 Alexis Gibson rated it it was amazing
Bear Says Thanks

Bear is all alone in his den and wants to make a feast for his friends. Poor bear has no food in his cupboards. One by one his friends show up with food. Bear is feeling sad because he has no food to share with his friends. Will Bear's friends still share even though Bear doesn't have anything?

I would have my students choose what food they would bring to a thanksgiving feast and then choose 5 things that they are thankful for.

Wilson, K., & Chapman, J. (2012). Bear Says Thanks
Nov 09, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Iowa City Public Library
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson is a sweet story about sharing, friendship, and giving thanks. Bear is bored and wants to throw a party for his forest friends. Each of his friends arrives with delectable gifts, and a repeated line encourages audience participation (“…and Bear says, ‘Thanks!’”). Sadly, Bear finds his own cupboards are bare! But his friends remind him not to fret–there’s no need for more food, because Bear’s got his own gift of stories to share, “…and they all say, ‘Thanks!’”
Traci Bold
Aug 19, 2015 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
It may not be Thanksgiving but any time of the year is perfect to read a story about thanks.

Bear believes he has nothing to share with his friends who have brought food to share with him and the rest but Bear is wrong. He has plenty to share with his friends.

Jane Chapman offers great detail in her illsutrations for Karma Wilson's story, 'BEAR SAYS THANKS'.

A brilliant story told just right.

Published by Margaret K. Elderberry Books.
Nov 06, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Bear wants to do something with his friends. He thinks having a feast is an excellent idea, but he has no food in his cupboards. One by one his friends arrive with food. Every time, Bear says, "Thanks" to them. He feels bad because he doesn't have any food to contribute. His friends are happy to have him share stories with them instead of food.

Good for preschool or toddler storytime.
Meghan Mcmanis
Oct 24, 2012 Meghan Mcmanis rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A bored Bear wants to make a feast to share with his friends but his cupboard is bare. Then one by one his friends come to visit him bringing treats. Bear says "Thanks." This is a cute picture book with bright illustrations. It teaches children about the importance of friends and being thankful.
Mallory Hall
Feb 07, 2013 Mallory Hall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: toddlers
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
Trisha Hope
Jan 30, 2016 Trisha Hope rated it it was amazing
I just love Bear! He is such a friendly and sweet bear. He loves his friends and wants to help them as much as he can but when he can't his friends are able to change his mind. Bear might not have anything to add but he has himself and for his true friends that is enough!
Nov 05, 2014 Jocelin rated it liked it
Another entry in 'The Bear' series. This time he is trying to play the "host with the most" but he soon finds out that he has the least. His friends rally around him and support his hospitality and he is able to see what generosity looks like. A good book about gratitude.
Oct 30, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2013 Christine Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: bears, thanksgiving
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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
Chloe Dryke
Dec 12, 2014 Chloe Dryke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a book to read during Thanksgiving that for once, has nothing to do with Pilgrims or American Indians. Bear is sleeping in his cave, becomes bored, and his friends bring various items for a feast. This would be a great book to get students talking about what they're thankful for, and explaining what friendship is. I did an activity with students creating a "thankful plateful" of things they are most thankful for in life.
Apr 09, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I love Karma Wilson's Bear books. This one is not my favorite of the bunch, but I still love it. As always, the text is lilting and it makes you smile and say "Awwww".

Jane Chapman's illustrations are absolutely perfect for the gentle, sweet text.
Aug 08, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
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.
Megan Young
Dec 13, 2015 Megan Young rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is a cute story to read during thanksgiving. It is a great book that teaches students to be thankful for what they have and not to worry if they do not have things that other people have. This is a great book to teach students how to say thanks and talk about being thankful.
Moorhead Public Library
Apr 19, 2014 Moorhead Public Library rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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
Oct 11, 2012 Emily Hilkemann rated it really liked it
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
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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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