A Splendid Friend, Indeed

Suzanne Bloom


A Splendid Friend, Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

  • Title: A Splendid Friend, Indeed
  • Author: Suzanne Bloom
  • ISBN: 9781590784884
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback



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.


Recent Comments "A Splendid Friend, Indeed"

I read this book as a part of the picture book challenge I am participating in on my blog. One of the categories was to read a book that is a book about friensdhip so I decided to choose this book. If you're interested in the picture book categories I'll be reading from as part of the challenge be sure to check out the link here: 2017 ChallengesThis book was adorable! I think everyone can relate to that person that comes around and always asks you so many questions and can seem incredibly annoyi [...]

'A Splendid Friend, Indeed' is a charming picture book that introduces children to the idea that individuals have different preferences and ideas but that difference does not have to be negative. The polar bear in the book likes to be in his own thoughts and think quietly, whereas the goose likes to chatter and share feelings. However, the book beautifully conveys that it is entirely possible for two people who are, or appear to be very different, to respect each other and share a friendship.

Wanted to read this one for a while, so much did I like the cover. Sweet story about friendship and understanding, illustrated in lovely, dreamy, textured pastels, blue, yet warm, the type you would want to frame and hang by your child's bed. There are follow ups to this books, in a series of titles about Goose and Bear, and if my son was younger (he's four, going on five) I would probably get all the titles without hesitation. A Splendid Friend, Indeed however, while probably aimed at toddlers/ [...]

This is a simple tale, not so much of a story as a conversation. It's a fun book to read aloud, especially with the goose blathering on and on. The illustrations are fun, and the expressions are wonderful, especially on the bear. Our girls really enjoyed this book.

My daughter liked it because she can read it all by herself; I liked it because the polar bear looks so fuzzy and cuddly.

What a treasure! Simple story about friendship and individuality made even more enjoyable by Bloom's unique illustrations.

A hug is always nice but it doesn't erase annoying behavior.

This book has really big text for younger readers. It is also repetitive so it makes it easier to predict.

I read this in the library for the first time today (as a librarian, that is). I used to read this every year until my beautiful, signed copy was lost to asbestos in 2013. It had a personalized illustration that Bloom had done at a B&N event that I took the girls to when they were little. It was a favorite regular read aloud. It had a note that said, "To the Merrill Girls ~ May you always have books to hug!"

I thought that the illustrations in this book are delightful. I read this for storytime today and while I'm not sure it was a great read aloud, the kids seemed to really enjoy it and we talked a lot about what it is to be a good friend and how saying something nice can really help change the way somebody is feeling.

Goose and bear are hanging out. Bear is trying to read, then write, then think. But goose wants to talk, talk, talk. Then goose writes a note about how splendid a friend bear is. Bear agrees, they are splendid friends indeed.

This is one of those story time stalwarts that I've inexplicably never reviewed; I quite like this, as well as the other books about these characters by Suzanne Bloom. They are simple stories about friends and friendship, some of the rare ones that will work for toddlers as well as preschoolers.

Bear likes quiet activities like reading and writing; Goose likes to talk. The two solve their differences and are friends.The illustrations show the action and quiet on each page.

Enjoyed the words and illustrations about friendship in this book.

A book about friendship and sharing.

Super cute.

Fine art illustration in pastel. Brilliant and basic character studies. The subject is patience with friends. Good book Pre K!

When Bear wants to read his story and write, Goose only wants to talk. Goose interrupts Bear's thinking, but makes up for it by complimenting him and providing a snack.

Good for a smaller group where you can really see the animals' expressions.

I've been a fan of Suzanne Bloom's work since I first had the experience of discovering it. A Splendid Friend, Indeed is another great example of children's literature. The book follows a pair of friends Bear and Goose. Bear loves to read, write, and think making him a mainly quiet character but, Goose on the other hand loves to talk. He always seems to be interrupting Bear trying to get his attention. Bear seems to be getting annoyed of the interruptions but never seems to say anything. The sto [...]

Just the cover of this book is beautiful. This book has also won The Odor Seuss Geishel Honor. This book is about a duck that is constantly questioning a bear. First the bear is reading, a ducks like to read too. Then the bear is writing. Well, ducks like to write too. Then the bear looks very upset and the duck thinks that he is thinking. Thinking makes the duck very hungry and he runs and grabs the bear a snack. He also writes the bear a note. I don't want to spoil the story, so I can't tell y [...]

Not a fan of this book. I like the illustrations and the easy-to-read vocabulary, but the exchanges between an annoying Goose and a Bear who is just trying to enjoy some alone time are pretty wack. I prefer Elephant and Piggy or Bert and Ernie for examples of healthier relationships between friends with different personalities.

This picturebook is about a goose bothering a polar bear. The goose keeps asking what the polar bear is doing, and then taking over the bear’s activities, wanting to show his own skills. The polar bear starts to get upset with the goose, but then realizes the goose just wants to be friends. This goose is just like any curious, proud little kid, and the polar bear is like a teacher, friend, sibling, or parent who might get frustrated with the goose, but always remembers that he means well. I th [...]

This short book focuses on an unlikely friendship between a large polar bear and a very talkative goose. Bear just wants to think and write and Goose wants to do those things too! But Goose never stops talking, talking, talking. Bear is about to go crazy when Goose reads his note to Bear, “I like you. Indeed I do. You are my splendid friend.”The text of this American Library Association Notable Children’s book is written completely in dialogue, mostly Goose, making this a fun story to read [...]

A really precious and simple story about making friends and talking with friends. Bloom instantly shows the contrast between talkative Goose and quiet pensive Bear through the illustrations: Bear reading a book comfortably and Goose standing atop his head. The illustrations are so vibrant, eye catching and heart warming. Sort of humorous in how Bear just wants to think, write and read while Goose loves to talk and be lively. Duck shows him how these differences shouldn't stop them from being fri [...]

This is a picture book for nursery to primary readers. It’s about a bear and a goose (or a duck, I’ve had debates with kids over what it is) and the goose continues to annoy the bear. The bear is doing something and the goose comes over and wants to do it too. Finally they both agree that the other is a splendid friend indeed. I like this book mostly because of the pictures in it, the story line is cute but very simplistic, so I don’t expect it to be very interesting to older readers. The [...]

In this board book version of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, Bear just wants to pursue his literary pursuits while Goose wants to talk. (I'm sure many bibliophiles will be able to relate to the frustration of trying to continue reading, writing or thinking--only to be interrupted by a loquacious friend who simply has to share his/her thoughts.) After interrupting Bear one more time, Goose goes off to fix a snack and write a note, both of which he shares with Bear. The note is so sweet and [...]

This book is a great book for little children, especially in the earlier grades. It shows what the power of a compliment can do. In the book you can clearly see that the Polar Bear does not like the duck because he asks to many questions but once the duck says that he is his most splendid friend, the Polar Bear returns the feeling and they are friends.Not only does it teach children how to be polite but it teaches them how to treat others even when they are getting on your nerves. Everyone can l [...]

Bloom, S. (2005). A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Pennsylvania: Boyds Mills Press.Geisel Award.Free ChoiceThis book is about a goose and a polar bear. The goose is very annoying, it always copies the polar bear. The polar bear gets tired of the goose. But, then the goose tells the polar bear that he is his best friend. This makes polar bear cry and polar bear tells goose that he is his best friend too. The pictures of the book are simple and add to the story. The sentences are simple as well; which w [...]

A splendid friend, indeed is about two different friends who are very different from each other. Duck likes to talk, talk, and talk but Bear wants to read, write and think. These two opposites do attract in a way children understand. Despite all of their differences and all of the things they do not have in common, Duck and Bear are very splendid friends, indeed. The reason I enjoyed this book so much was because it is easy to read as well as to comprehend. I think loving someone despite their d [...]


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