In the fourth entry in the charming Goose and Bear series, the polar bear and gawky white goose are again joined by their irrepressible little friend, a fox with the personality of a bright 2-year-old.
Each of the volumes in the series deals with some aspect of friendship, and this time the issue concerns gifts for friends. Making presents, wrapping them, wondering about the recipient, waiting to open the package—all are exciting concepts for the little fox, who narrates the tale. The clever story conveys a complete plot in only a few words and will appeal to both younger children who are just starting to listen to stories and to older ones who will appreciate the subtle humor. Fox thinks the scarf Bear is knitting must be for her, as well as the mittens Goose is making. She’s so excited about the present exchange that she wraps herself up as a surprise package and pops out to delight her more-experienced friends. They give her a custom-made vest, which delights Fox so much she suggests they do their present exchange all over again. Exuberant pastel illustrations with loose, scratchy textures stand out against brilliant, royal-blue backgrounds with the text set in white.
This one has “read it again” potential, and Fox has the makings of a star. (Picture book. 2-6)