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Bear can dance!
First edition.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Series title(s):
Bear wishes he could fly. Goose is quite sure Bear will never get off the ground. But Fox has a few ideas. Can she teach him how? Both Goose and Fox are in for a big Bear surprise! These three friends reunite in this rollicking story about the rewards of perseverance.


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Bear wishes he could fly. He wants to swoop and glide and feel the wind in his fur. Yet no matter how hard he flaps his arms, he can't get off the ground. Goose and Fox offer support, but Bear remains earthbound--until he hears music. Suddenly, Bear is gliding and swooping and light on his feet. In Suzanne Bloom's lovable story, the seventh in the popular Goose and Bear series, Bear discovers that not getting what you want isn't always a bad thing. In fact, it may lead to something surprising.

Author Notes

Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of the Goose and Bear series, with titles that include: Alone Together , Fox Forgets , Oh! What a Surprise! , Treasure , What About Bear? , and A Splendid Friend, Indeed , selected as a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book by the American Library Association. She lives in McDonough, New York. suzannebloom.com.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-More than anything, Bear wishes that he could fly. He wants to feel the wind in his fur and glide through the air. His good friend, Goose, wants to help and attempts to console him, but at that very moment, Fox swoops in with a few misguided flying tips for Bear. After a few failed attempts, Bear, Fox, and Goose realize that there is a way that Bear can swoop and glide and feel the wind in his fur. He can dance! Fox, Goose, and Bear return in the seventh book in the Goose and Bear series. Adorably funny and full of mischief, these beloved characters are sure to have children giggling. A story that focuses on what one can do, this picture book will encourage perseverance and creativity in the very youngest readers. The full-page illustrations are beautifully painted and reinforce the humor in the story. The white print and large font against the blue hues of the background are crisp, clean, and inviting, making it easy for children to follow along. VERDICT This book is perfect as a read-aloud as well as for one-on-one sharing.-Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bear, Goose, and Fox's seventh outing sees Bear attempting to fly. All he wants is to "swoop and glide and feel the wind in [his] fur," but even after coaching from Fox (who outfits Bear with a cape and goggles), flight remains out of reach for the lumbering polar bear. With music pouring out of Bear's portable turntable, the friends realize that dancing is "like flying, but with your feet on the ground. Mostly." Bloom's soft pastel artwork handily captures both the warmth of this three-way friendship and the wind in Bear's fur-while he cuts a rug. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In the latest book featuring Bear, Goose, and Fox, Bear wishes he could fly. But when Goose and Bear's efforts to teach him are unsuccessful, they encourage him to dance instead: "Its like flying, but with your feet on the ground." Spare text paired with deep-blue pastel illustrations convey the trio's exuberant efforts with clarity and energy. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The splendid friends boogie down. Hearing Bear's wish to fly"So I could swoop and glide / and feel the wind in my fur"hyperactive Fox rushes into view with a cape and goggles. But spinning about to Fox's instructions only leaves Bear feeling woozy. Fox's next idea involves a sled ride...which also doesn't end well. What to do? A portable record player (younger readers may need a bit of parental explanation here) turns out to be all Bear really needs to "swoop and glide": "It's like flying, but with your / feet on the ground. Mostly." Both at the start and later on, big, fantastically shaggy Bear really cuts the rug in Bloom's elementally simple pastels, demonstrating solo dance moves and poses that Dancing with the Stars entrants can only dream of and finally sweeping Goose and Fox up in a delirious collective whirl. Abrupt transitions from indoor dancing to outdoor sledding and back, plus jacket flaps that partially obscure the charming figures on the endpapers, are distracting but minor hitches in a joyful invitation to move to the music, any music. Bear in particular takes a star turn in the loving trio's latest welcome outing. (Picture book. 5-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.