Author: Suzanne Bloom
Paperback: 32 page(s)
Age Range: 2 +
Ontario curriculum: Language - Reading
It's playtime. Goose and Bear are having fun. Little Fox joins in. Somebody gets left out. Who will fix the friendship? The dilemma of choosing one friend over another is one of childhood's classic problems. Goose and Bear show Fox that including friends is more fun than excluding them. This is a charming book about how Goose made a new friend without losing that of his special friend, Bear. This little story is played out again with children all the time. This story is an easy, fun way to show young children how special friendships are and how to make new friends, but not leave the old ones behind. The flow of the story was easy and believable. The sweeping beautiful artwork with its deep blue background easily emphasized the emotions of Bear and Goose, this would make a wonderful read and discuss book during circle or story time to talk about friendship!
From The Critics:
School Library Journal
Just when Goose and Bear are finally getting the hang of friendship, Little Fox comes along and wants to play too. Unfortunately Little Fox seems determined to leave Bear out, declaring him "too big," "too grumpy," and finally "too far away." Loyal, sensitive Goose boldly stands up for Bear, insisting that if Fox wants to play, the newcomer must learn to play with Bear as well. Bright and cuddly illustrations done in pastels are so rich with texture that readers will want to reach out and touch them. Movement and expression in the characters are beautifully rendered and bring a lot of spirit and humor to the easy-to-read text.
That dynamic duo Goose and Bear is back and more beguiling than ever. When Little Fox joins their games, Bear is the odd man out, being too big, too grumpy, and too far away for the games Little Fox has chosen. Goose acts as mediator, ultimately reaffirming his camaraderie with Bear while inviting Little Fox to be their new friend-jumping rope and sharing a good read are activities in which they all can participate. The large format of the two previous Goose and Bear books is repeated, featuring the three characters and their limited accoutrements against a lush blue background. The simple text, in bold black or white type, is perfect for beginning readers and complements the glowing pastels, which so efficiently portray the trio-???+-?-+s facial expressions and body language.