Mahalo Bear Says Thank You!

Colorful fun learning adventure for little ones with a grateful twist! (Ohana Bears by Bo Bergemann)

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 01/06/2023
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Reviewed by Carmen Tenorio for Readers' Favorite

Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! by Bo Bergmann is about Mahalo Bear, a character who is half bear and half pineapple. He is certainly the world's most optimistic and grateful bear whose favorite thing to do right after waking up is to say thank you for everything. After tripping on the stairs and getting a blue bump on his head, Mahalo Bear said, "Thank you." Mahalo Bear continued to say thank you after each mishap, even when his clothes were stained, to the dismay of his friend, Doubtful Duck. But once in school, he used all the stains on his clothes as the sample colors for his show and tell rainbow project. Impressed by what he had done, the teacher rewarded Mahalo Bear with a balloon for his presentation. Mahalo Bear later explained to Doubtful Duck, that according to his parents, it is always better to have an attitude of gratitude and look for the good things in life, because you will eventually find them. They hugged each other before parting ways, without realizing that the stains and dirt on his clothes had smeared his friend's pretty new dress. But instead of getting upset, Doubtful Duck just said, "Thank you!" as she laughed her way home.

Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! is a charming children's book that features an adorable pacifist bear who chooses to be mindful and have a positive attitude. Bo Bergmann uses cartoon-like, colorful illustrations and a fun Hawaiian theme that will especially appeal to young readers. Children can also easily identify with the main character's occasional clumsiness that young readers themselves can sometimes experience. But what matters most is how Mahalo Bear talks about the advice that his parents give him and shows us how he starts his day with gratitude and positivity even when obstacles arise. Responding sensibly rather than acting impulsively can help you see things for what they are. Since having a grateful attitude prevents disagreements and encourages communication, Mahalo Bear acts in a way that fosters faith and the belief that everything will work out for the best. It is a tactic that he proves to be more advantageous for everyone, and even healthier and less stressful. A recommended read-along book for emergent and independent readers, plus adults who should occasionally be reminded that it's always better to say thank you and strive to live a life with an attitude of gratitude.

Grace Ruhara

Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! by Bo Bergemann is a children's book featuring Mahalo Bear, who lives in Mililani, Hawaii. When he wakes up, he stretches and says, "Thank you!" He then heads downstairs to the kitchen to have breakfast. Along the way, he trips and falls, then says, "Thank you!" As he sets out for the day, Mahalo Bear appreciates every character he meets, irrespective of whether or not they do something nice. How frequently should we appreciate the people around us? What do we gain by showing gratitude and to what extent should we be grateful for all that happens to us?

What I loved about Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! by Bo Bergemann is the lesson of gratitude that it teaches children. It reminds them that they should be appreciative in all situations. It also teaches them that they should be thankful for what they have and acknowledge those who helped them get to where they are today. The book not only focuses on the material things we should be grateful for but also includes our friends and family members. I liked the brightly colored pictures that complemented the author’s narration, which will help children understand the lesson. The inclusion of pictures makes this book more interactive for kids and will make their learning process more enjoyable. The design of the book is basic, but that does not detract from the message it conveys. This combination of illustrations and text makes reading fun for children.

Joe Wisinski

Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! is about a bear who lives in Hawaii. Mahalo looks like a pineapple and his name means 'thank you' in Hawaiian. As Mahalo goes through his day, he experiences all sorts of mishaps, including getting splashed with grape juice, sloshed with mud, and much more. Yet he always maintains a spirit of thankfulness. When his friend, Doubtful Duck, asks him why he keeps saying thank you, he replies in a wise and remarkably positive way. There is also a twist at the end of the story, which involves Doubtful Duck. The book ends with some fun Hawaiian facts. The author, Bo Bergemann, who grew up in Hawaii, also illustrated the book.

I won’t spoil Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! by revealing how Mahalo responds to his mishaps or the lesson that Doubtful Duck learns. I will say that this is a charming and powerful tool to teach children and adults about being grateful, no matter our circumstances or what life throws at us. It not only teaches about thankfulness; it also helps us learn how to turn seemingly unfortunate events into something positive. The facts about Hawaii that readers learn at the end of the book are an additional bonus. The illustrations by Bo Bergemann are beautiful and not only fit the prose perfectly but help reinforce the points that the story is making.

Marie-Hélène Fasquel

Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! by Bo Bergemann is a colorful, fun, learning adventure for little ones, with a grateful twist. It is the loveliest children’s book ever. It is illustrated beautifully by the author. The drawings particularly enhance the book’s numerous messages. The prose is easy to understand for kids, very well written, and the different paragraphs make reading enjoyable. It is a book to treasure as it is entertaining, engaging, and culturally fascinating.

Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! is an incredible book; I did not guess the end of the story, which is also like a punchline. It reads like a regular short story, dealing with many topics. First and foremost, it is about gratefulness. We live in such a lonely way fending for ourselves without seeing the people around us and what they do for us. Each of us is part of the same family, after all. And being grateful for everything that we receive is an essential skill to acquire from an early age. Second, it is about friendship, with Mahalo surrounded by his duck friend and others trying to understand him. Third, it is about school and homework, which we should not forget about; a reminder to school-age children. Finally, it is about Hawaii, a place we may not know enough about that is amazing and uplifting. I highly recommend this story, especially during good times shared with our loved ones.

Alex Ndirangu

Learn how gratitude can help you maintain control when situations get ugly and how being thankful can help you relish the good moments in Bo Bergemann's Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! One bright, sunny day in Mililani, Hawaii, Mahalo Bear wakes up to start his day. But before Mahalo Bear makes it to school, he encounters many misadventures, including a big truck rolling by and splashing a huge, red, dirt-filled mud puddle across his side. Even though he experiences these misfortunes, Mahalo Bear never gets angry. Instead, he always remains calm, smiles, and says thank you. Obtain a copy of this delightful read to learn about the reward Mahalo Bear's positivity earns him.

Children will love the colorful, creative illustrations that vividly display Mahalo Bear's character traits. His attributes are described and expressed through his actions, reinforced by the illustrations. Bo Bergemann's use of simple prose is equally commendable. Children may even role-play different pages, boosting their level of concentration. This effective writing style guarantees children's enjoyment and increases their retention of the subject matter. Mahalo Bear Says Thank You! deserves nothing less than five stars for its flawless presentation. There is nothing I didn’t like about it, which highlights the incredible passion, research, and time invested in its creation. The moral lesson ingrained in it will instill the importance of always trying to be positive.