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Bear Says Thanks (Bear)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  881 ratings  ·  122 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
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
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 -
Michelle McBeth
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
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
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
A story of friendship and saying "thanks". I like Wilson's Bear series and love Chapman's illustrations.
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
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
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!’”
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
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
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.
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
Chloe Dryke
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.
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.
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
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.
Here's another enjoyable read-aloud book from Karma Wilson. I love her Bear stories and my special needs students do too.
Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.
my son loves the "bear" books- the messages are sweet and simple, and the illustrations are beautiful
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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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