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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?
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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
Kathryn
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.
Dolly
Aug 28, 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 -
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midnightfaerie
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.
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.
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Bear is fortunate to have so many good friends. How do they show they love him?

**Talking points - Do we all have to bring the same gifts or have the same gifts to be loved? What are some gifts you have that you can share with your friends? What are some gifts that you don't have that you appreciate about others? How do your friends show you they love you? Who are some of your best friends?
Susan
Jul 08, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing
What a cute story!
Brooke Kruger
Dec 30, 2016 Brooke Kruger rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
My child & I both enjoy these Karma Wilson books - I think we've read them all. Wonderful story lines which small children can follow along to, lines which read aloud well, and vibrant wonderful pictures in all of these. This one was a little less engaging for my child, but she liked it nonetheless.
Kristin
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
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Tasha
Sep 05, 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
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
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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
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
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.

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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
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Mallory Hall
Jan 28, 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
Rachel
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
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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PK-2
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
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Laura
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
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Kasey
Oct 24, 2012 Kasey rated it really liked it
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
Emily Hilkemann
Sep 24, 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
Dena (Batch of Books)
Nov 16, 2012 Dena (Batch of Books) rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Melissa
Jan 04, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing
My son absolutely loved Bear Says Thanks! He enjoyed the colors and the rhythm of the words made him laugh. He was very focused on the story and sat still for the whole book. Bear Says Thanks is about how Bear misses his friends so he invites them to a feast at his house. Each friend arrives with some kind of food, but Bear realizes he has none to offer. His friends quickly come up with a way for Bear to contribute. This was a very cute story with an overall lesson about sharing and including ev ...more
Cathy
Nov 05, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it
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
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Rachel
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
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
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Zacaro Caro
Dec 29, 2012 Zacaro Caro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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!
Jess
Nov 20, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bear fans
Shelves: picture-books, z_12
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.
Lori
Nov 02, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
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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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