Bear Has a Story to Tell
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I was eagerly waiting for this book's release since I fell in love with Erin's Stead's last illustrating project And Then It's Spring. Here the husband/wife duo shine as they did in Amos McGee. I am so eager to see them produce more work! This title is printed on nice, thick paper that just feels GOOD in your hands. It's one of those small details that really make a big difference because it makes you realize that you are holding a gem... something to savor slowly and deliberately with a child.

One thing to note: I read this book in early September. It really would be better (in this part of the country anyway) to save this for an early November reading. The sun is still shining bright around here and there's only a hint of crispy air in the morning. This book evokes late fall feelings... the preparations for winter and such.

There is no overarching moral message here or intricate details of adventure (much like the Spring book)... just a lovely, simple seasonal read that you'll want to experience curled up on the couch with a child and a quilt: books that invite moments like those need to be on everyone's bookshelf.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
The Steads have hit another home run with their follow-up to A Sick Day for Amos McGee!Bear Has a Story to Tell is a beautiful story that follows Bear as he tries to tell one last story before his long winter sleep. Bear's gentleness and patience is magnificently illustrated through Erin Stead's unique and subtle style. The pictures will make you want to pull Bear right off the page and give him a big hug!

It is a fantastic book for children of any age and sure to be a classic!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2012
This simple story has a big message about friendship and patience.

It is almost winter and Bear has a story to share with his friends before his big yawns put him to sleep for a very long time. As he approaches Mouse to ask if he would like to hear a story, Mouse is distracted with his need to find seeds to get him through the winter, so being a good friend, Bear helps him to gather what he will need, but when the time comes for the story, Mouse is already burrowing in until spring.

The story is not much different with his friends Duck who is getting ready to fly south. Bear is a good friend, he help Duck to take flight for warmer parts.

Oh, there is Frog, surely he would like to hear a story, but alas, Frog needs to find a warm place to sleep. Bear cannot let frog down so he sets off to make the perfect bed for his friend.

As the first snowflakes begin to fall, Bear too must find a place to burrow in for the long winter months. As the season passes and the snow melts Bear can tell his story, but first Bear must make sure his friends are ok.

As story time rolls around, all his friends wait for the tale that Bear has longed to tell - if only he could remember it.

A sweet story about sharing and caring and what it means to be a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bear sat on a log and rubbed his eyes as little leaves began to drop to the ground. He was getting sleepy, but he was anxious to tell someone a story and soon spotted Mouse, "Mouse," he asked, "would you like to hear a story?" Oh, no, it was a very busy time of the year and he had to gather seeds. And so Bear helped him before he "tunneled underground to wait for spring." As the leaves continued to spiral toward the ground, Bear went off to find Duck to see if he would like to hear a story. Oh, no, it was a busy time and he was "getting ready to fly south." Bear would certainly miss him, but soon duck began to fly.

Puffy pink clouds were overhead and "the sun was heavy and hung low in the sky." Bear leaned against a rock and soon Frog jumped up on his tummy. "Frog!" he asked, "Would you like to hear a story? Oh, no, it was a busy time and soon he would have to "find a warm place to sleep." Bear helped him dig a little hole and covered him so he could go to sleep. The leaves continued to tumble from the old oak tree as Bear leaned against it. Perhaps Mole would like to hear his story, but little snowflakes began to fall and Bear was getting really sleepy. Was there anyone who would listen to his story?

This is a wonderfully quaint story about Bear who cannot find anyone to listen to his story. One of the wondrous things about this picture book is that it subtly teaches young children how animals prepare for winter and hibernate. The artwork gives off the aura of a quiet time, a time of preparation. We can almost feel Bear's sleepiness emanating from the pages as he slowly discovers that all his friends are preparing for winter. The little Mole can be seen in his den far beneath the ground already fast asleep, one of the many animals who hibernates. This is a story that would be a perfect read and discuss tale during circle or storytime!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
Phillip Stead books are just wonderful, and this one is no exception. The repetitive nature of the book makes it appealing for young kids, the illustrations are beautiful, and it's great for reading comprehension work.
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I ran across Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead on Amazon while I was searching for new picture books to use for Story Time at the library where I work. This book is a treasure! The illustrations by Erin Stead grabbed me first - a fuzzy brown bear sits on a log, talking to a duck, while fall leaves spiral down on the cover.The sweet, evocative text explains that Bear tries to tell a story to his friends. Each of the other animals is busy preparing for winter and doesn't have time to listen. Bear graciously helps each friend with his preparations and then moves on. The soft pastel illustrations depict Bear's facial expressions and body language with exquisite sensitivity. Finally, hibernation claims Bear and he falls asleep, his story still untold. When he wakens in the spring, his friends are ready to listen but Bear has forgotten the story. Now his friends must help him to recapture the tale he planned to pass on. This book has so many applications not only for Story Time and one-on-one sharing but it would provide an awesome springboard for a children's sermon. The themes of friendship and selflessness are obvious. The more subtle refrain of forgotten stories, echoes growing old and depending on friends and family to recall past events. This picture book deserves a space in every public and school library and most homes, too. It's a gem!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
I teach Pre K and thought this would be a nice addition to my winter book collection. It is not the best Bear Book, and has a goofy ending, but it is O.K. I probably would not buy it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My 4 year-old grandson and my first grade students all fell in love with Bear. The pictures are beautiful, the story is told in a gentle way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
I bought this for my 2 grandchildren, 5 and 2 1/2, and they both enjoyed it. Nice illustrations.
Nice gentle story. Very sweet
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on April 15, 2015
Great for preschoolers!!!!

I bought this book for our preschool students and read it to them after school. The semicircle of kids was unbroken and their focus was mesmerizing. Aside from the very simplistic yet very cute story line, the illustrations were very beautiful and the colors attracted the younger readers. The book has the feeling of a bedtime story to it and to me it felt very nostalgic. I was very glad there was no rhyming because those books are very redundant and the kids don't always seem to understand them. But this book was easy to follow and fun to look at. I would recommend this book to every preschool teacher and to parents who grew up reading anthropomorphic books, like frog and toad, and peter rabbit.
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