A Splendid Friend, Indeed (Goose and Bear Stories)

by Suzanne Bloom (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Bear wants to read and write and think. Goose wants to talk and talk and talk. Can Bear and Goose be friends? Suzanne Bloom's picture book says volumes about friendship with a few select words and charming illustrations in this Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book .
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Kirkus Review - Children

Starred Review
A more perfect union between giggle-inducing but reassuring images and a text of very few words is hard to conjure.


Starred Review
Bloom gets maximum effect with minimum words. . . . Fun to read aloud, the book will also lead to discussion about friendly (and annoying) behavior.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K -A friendly, talkative goose endears himself to a contemplative polar bear. On each spread, Bear practices a quiet activity, such as reading, writing, and thinking. And each time, Goose interrupts by asking what he is doing and then taking over the activity. When Bear spends his time thinking, Goose declares, "Thinking makes me hungry." He makes a snack and reads a note that he's written to Bear that describes him as "my splendid friend." Bear is touched by the friendship note and responds by giving Goose a big bear hug. The large format makes the book ideal for group sharing and the oversized text is accessible to beginning readers. The cool palette of the pastel illustrations, consisting of shades of blue and white and touches of violet, sets a quiet, friendly tone, and the animals' priceless expressions tell all. The gentle humor will elicit giggles; Goose's silly statements and Bear's patient responses beg to be read aloud. An ideal book for storytimes about friendship and sharing. - Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

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Suzanne Bloom
Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of the ever-popular Goose and Bear series, including the Geisel Honor-winning A Splendid Friend, Indeed, as well as many books outside the series, such as I Just Like You, The Bus for Us and A Mighty Fine Time Machine. A longtime resident of upstate New York, Suzanne is a graduate of Cooper Union and is a mother and a grandmother. Visit suzannebloom.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Astra Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2005
Goose and Bear Stories
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002030 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
JUV002280 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Library of Congress categories
Polar bear
Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss)
Honor Book 2006 - 2006
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Recommended 2006 - 2006
Charlotte Award
Nominee 2008 - 2008
Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award
Nominee 2007 - 2007

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