Bear Has a Story to Tell
Bear Has a Story to Tell

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Annotation: Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.
Catalog Number: #65654
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Stead, Erin E.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-596-43745-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-57787-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-596-43745-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-57787-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2011033795
Dimensions: 22 x 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The title says it all, but as luck would have it, Mouse, Duck, Frog, and Mole are all too busy preparing for the approaching winter to listen to Bear's tale. He decides the story can wait and helps his woodland friends with their preparations, before settling in for a long winter's nap. Come springtime, Bear gathers the gang and waits until just the right moment to begin his story only he could remember what it was! Not to worry, his friends have real-life suggestions that bring the narrative satisfyingly full circle. The creators of the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2010) offer another charming story about the reciprocal nature of friendship, this time set against the backdrop of the changing seasons and showing how different animals cope with wintry weather. Despite the chilly subject matter, Stead's illustrations have a cozy, quiet feel that is enlivened by Bear's expressive countenance, which has just the right touch of adorable pudge. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A follow-up to a Caldecott winner is always cause for much curiosity and excitement, and this will be no exception.
Horn Book
Bear wants to share a story, but his friends are busy preparing for winter. Come spring, he's forgotten his story! With some prompting from the others, Bear begins: "It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy"--a reprise of the book's first line. This perfectly cyclical, quietly entrancing book features scenes of sleepy, soft-edged creatures floating on imagination-freeing white.
Kirkus Reviews
Within a gentle tale of hibernation and renewal, the Steads' second collaboration (after Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee) explores a second, internal theme: the nature of the storytelling narrative itself. Increasingly sleepy, Bear pads through the fall landscape with "a story to tell" before winter's sleep. Mouse, Duck, Frog and Mole are well into their own winter preparations and cannot listen. Months later, when the reunited friends gather beneath a full moon, Bear can't remember his story. Helpfully, his friends suggest a protagonist ("Maybe your story is about a bear"), a plot ("Maybe your story is about the busy time just before winter"), and supporting characters (themselves). Thus, Bear begins his story as this one ends: The first line of his story is both the last line of the book and its first. Erin Stead's pictures quietly appeal: Pencil line and shading define basic features of animals and trees, while washes and smudges of paint suggest seasonal colors, Bear's rotund mass, and the brushy cobalt expanse of starlit skies. Sharing an affinity with Jerry Pinkney yet evoking the sparer 1960s work of Evaline Ness and Nonny Hogrogian, Stead's compositions exude an ineffable, less-is-more charm. The Steads' work adopts a folkloric approach to cooperative relationships; the affectionately rendered animals that stand in for humans convey a nurturing respect for child readers. (Picture book. 3-7)
Publishers Weekly
Big, furry bears abound in children-s books, but Erin Stead-s is especially soulful. It might be the way his eyebrows furrow with concern, or the way he leans forward to hear what his friends are saying. Bear wants to tell a story, but his friends Mouse, Duck, Frog, and Mole are busy preparing for winter. (Mole is already asleep, in a den so deep the book has to be turned sideways to view it.) Instead, Bear offers help to his friends. Helpfulness in picture books can teach a moral lesson or it can let readers imagine luxuriating in that tender care themselves. This collaboration, which follows the Steads- Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, is of the second sort. Bear raises a great paw to check the wind for Duck and tucks Frog tenderly into his hole. When winter passes, the animals are reunited, but Bear has forgotten his story; now it-s his friends- turn to help him. The quiet suggestion that no one has all the answers is just one of the many pleasures the Steads give readers. Ages 2-6. Agent:
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 2&12; Before hunkering down to hibernate, Bear wants to share a story with his friends, but Mouse, Duck, Frog, and Mole are too busy with their own winter preparations to listen. Months later, Bear wakes up and is eager to reunite with his pals and finally tell his tale. He "clear[s] his throat," "puff[s] out his chest," and then, much to his chagrin, forgets what he wants to say. His friends offer prompts that jog his memory: "Maybe your story is about a bear," "Maybe your story is about the busy time just before winter," "there should be other characters too." In lovely circular fashion, the ending has Bear sitting on a log beginning his story that readers will remember as the first sentence of the book. Erin Stead's exquisite pencil and watercolor illustrations capture the beauty of the changing landscape with falling leaves, first snowflakes, and starry evenings. Bear's nurturing acts of kindness are also conveyed, from raising a paw to check the wind direction as Duck flies away to gently tucking Frog under a warm blanket of leaves and pine needles. The rhythms of nature and of storytelling are in fine form here.&12; Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 559
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 152745 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.2 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q58369
Lexile: AD540L
Guided Reading Level: N

It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy. But first, Bear had a story to tell... Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn't have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through helping his friends get ready for winter, would anyone still be awake to hear his story? This endearing story of friendship and patience is a worthy companion to Philip and Erin Stead's last collaboration, A Sick Day for Amos McGee , winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. Bear Has a Story to Tell is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012. This title has Common Core connections.

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