Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead

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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

 

About Philip C. Stead

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Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead are author and illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. This is their second collaboration. This is Erin's third picture book for Roaring Brook Press, and Philip's fifth. Philip and Erin live in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Kirkus Reviews

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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.

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The New York Times

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Three very different books illuminate the urge to narrate.

Aug 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear Has a Story to Tell

Publishers Weekly

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Big, furry bears abound in children’s books, but Erin Stead’s is especially soulful.

Jul 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear Has a Story to Tell

The Bookbag

I like that Bear's friends find a way to support him in return when he needs them, and ending the story with the same line as at the beginning of the book gives it a good, cyclical feel and makes it fun for older children who then realise that they have just read the story that Bear told.

Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear Has a Story to Tell

Common Sense Media

It shows a bear trying to tell each of his animal friends a story before he goes to sleep for the winter, but they're all too busy with their own preparations to listen.

Sep 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear Has a Story to Tell

Shelf Awareness

"And don't run right back out there, stick around in the cool of the Booksmith for a while.

Jun 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear Has a Story to Tell

Shelf Awareness

Bear's skyward look of wonder mirrors our own, and on the next page Bear himself is sound asleep.

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Palatine Public Library

Bear has a story he is eager to share with his animal friends...but will there be time to tell it amid all the getting-ready-for-winter busyness?

Oct 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear Has a Story to Tell

Children's Books Guide

I’ll be in the middle of the story at the dinner table and someone will be like “Did you hear how cold it was going to get this weekend?” It’s unfortunate to say the least, particularly when combined with not being able to recall what I was going to say by the time someone apologizes, and tells ...

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