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Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead

Bear Has a Story to Tell (edition 2012)

by Philip C. Stead, Erin Stead (Illustrator)

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Title:Bear Has a Story to Tell
Authors:Philip C. Stead
Other authors:Erin Stead (Illustrator)
Info:Roaring Brook Press (2012), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Picture Books, RDG 560
Tags:Bears, Hibernation, Winter, Friends, Story Telling

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Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead



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Bear really wants to tell a story to all his friends, but they are too busy getting ready for winter. When spring comes around and his friends are ready to listen he forgets his story. They come up with a story together and the book makes a full circle starting and ending with the same sentence. GENRE: fantasy. USES: to teach seasons, talk about working together. MEDIA: watercolor and pencil.
  Adrinnon | Feb 9, 2016 |
A brief summary:
Bear would really like to tell someone his story before he hibernates for the long winter. He goes through the forest asking his friends if they would like to hear the story, but each responds that they are too busy to hear it. Instead, Bear helps his friends prepare themselves for the winter that is to come. Eventually, Bear and his friends hibernate for the winter, but when spring comes around Bear gathers all of his friends to finally tell them his story.

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I enjoyed how the illustrator used what appears to be watercolor, pencil, and possibly another form of media to create the peaceful forest for the setting of this book. The warm colors of the fall and the cold colors of the winter create a visual contrast that highlights the differences between the two seasons, especially for the animals that live in the forest. I also appreciate the kindness and patience that Bear shows his friends. Each time Bear is turned down by one of his friends, he responds with kindness, whether its by helping Mouse find seeds on the forest floor, or by digging a hole for Frog and tucking him in.

A couple of uses:
- Use as an anticipatory set for a lesson on hibernation by reading aloud to the class and having students share what they already know about hibernation.
- Use as a way to demonstrate the use of kindness and patience with others even when they do not give you what you want.

This book qualifies as fantasy because it features animals, such as Bear and Duck, who are able to speak and therefore exhibit qualities that are not of this world.

Pencil and watercolor ( )
  Lucymae | Feb 4, 2016 |
Bear Has Story to Tell is sweet story of a bear that just wants to tell his friends a story before he hibernates for the long winter. This book can be used as a mentor text for a variety of mini lessons such as oral rehearsal. Often times, children find it helpful to orally share what they will write before they begin the process. This book can be used to teach young ones the importance of supporting our thinking. For instance, each time bear approaches a friends and asks "Would you like to hear a story?" His friends reply by saying they are story and then explaining why they can't hear his story. Duck says, "I am sorry, Bear, but it is almost winter, and i am getting ready to fly south." I love all of the information about hibernation, preparing for winter and animal behaviors that the author presents to children in this storybook format. Children will delight in the ending as they will see that it is a circle story and they love discovering that at the end of a good read aloud! ( )
  dmorants | Jul 8, 2015 |
Bear Has a Story to Tell is a book about a bear and his friends just before winter and hibernation time. The book begins with Bear wanting to tell his friends a story. However, each time he tries to tell a friend they are too busy getting ready for winter and to hibernate. He tries to tell his friends Mouse, Duck, Frog, and Mole the story but none of them got to hear his story. Bear realizes he will have to wait until spring to tell his friends the story. However, once spring comes bear cannot remember his story. This book is a modern fantasy.
  Jcadd13 | Apr 14, 2015 |
This is a beautiful story about friendship and patience. I think this is a great story to use to teach children about kindness and patience. Rather than forcing his story Bear puts off his story to help his friends so that they may be ready for winter. The story goes along with simple yet beautiful illustrations that make great use of negative white space to show the coming of winter and the overall feel of the story.
  MindyTran | Mar 19, 2015 |
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It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy.
But first, Bear had a story to tell...
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Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.

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