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Author: Michael Dahl

Illustrator: Oriol vidal

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Publisher: Picture Window Books, 2013

Material: board book

Summary: Little Bear asks his mom for art supplies and says, "Thank you!" for everything that he gets. After making a banner for his mom that says "I love you," his mom gets to thank him! This board book celebrates love and appreciation in a way young readers can understand.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Reading Level: 1

Age of Child: Read with a 13-month old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter was engaged as I read her the book. She really seemed to enjoy the book, and I wasn't surprised, since it has a cute bear, bright illustrations, and a story that moves at a fast pace.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book! It is a sweet, simple, short story, which is perfect for babies and toddlers.

Pros: The best thing about this book is that it teaches children to say "thank you" without doing so in an overly didactic way.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a great book to have at home because repeated readings will help children to pick up the habit of saying "Thank you." Plus it is a fun book that kids will likely want to read many times.


Educational Themes: Although the central theme is teaching children to say thank you, the story shows us several ways to do that (words, banner). Don't overlook the underlying theme of doing nice things for other people. Grab some crayons and have some fun with your young reader.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family, growing up

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

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