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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
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Tags:Bears, Hibernation, Winter, Friends, Story Telling

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Bear wants to tell a story to his friends before he sleeps for winter. It turns out each friend must prepare for winter so they can't hear his story. This is a story about a lot of patience and importance of putting friends first.
  jh33 | Dec 13, 2014 |
Review: This book was a great children's book. There were amazing illustrations throughout the book which helped the reader visualize and connect with the story. The book has a great moral to it and would be a really great book for children to read.

Summary: The book begins with bear wanting to tell a story to one of his friends. He walks around the forest and finds squirrel and asks him if he wanted to hear a story but he said that he was too busy trying to find acorns before winter. Bear helps him find acorns and get ready for winter. He moves on to all of his other friends in the forest, but they were all busy too. Before bear realizes it, he was getting very sleepy and fell asleep. A couple of months later he wakes up from hibernation and gathers his friends to finally tell them the story. But after so long, bear forgot his story. So bear and all of his friends get together and create their own story.

Argument: I loved this story and I think children would enjoy it too. The illustrations were very well done and helped tell the story.

The moral of this story is to always help your friends. In the story, bear wants to tell his friends a story but they are all busy getting ready for winter. He helps all of them do what they need to do before he finally falls asleep for winter. Bear thought of his friends before himself and I think children can learn a lot about friendship from reading this. ( )
  knold1 | Sep 14, 2014 |
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This is the story of a brown bear who is very anxious to tell all of his forest friends a story. Unfortunately, they all are preparing for hibernation and don't have time to listen to his story. After talking to all of his sleepy friends, he goes to sleep for the long winter. When he wakes up, he excitedly helps all of his friends with various things and tells them he has a story to tell. When they all gather, he sits down to share. But he had forgotten what he wanted to share! His friends help him create a story. The bear shares his tale of his friends and their sleep day before their great hibernation.
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This was an amazing story of friends helping out when things just don't seem to be working out. Even though this was just about forgetting a story, it can easily be related to other parts of life. The illustrations in this story were beautifully painted.
Extension Ideas:
1. Paint your favorite forest animal from the book.
2. Write about a time you forgot something and a friend helped you remember.
3. Share a story about you and your friends on a great adventure.
  alexis.smith | Jul 14, 2014 |
This is a very simple book with beautiful yet simply painted pictures of Bear and the rest of the forest animals. The strengths of this book, like Mo Willems book, keeps you hooked till the very end. The reader wants to find out what Bears’s story is. What’s so delightful is that the bear is completely content with how things are the way they are and is very patient. What I love about the bear, the other forest animals and the story in general is that fact that there is this anticipation but we are willing wait for it, because the bear is willing to wait for it. Delayed gratification. ( )
  Keller_M | Mar 17, 2014 |
So gentle, and such a nice uncluttered story. I love that even though the bear wants to help, and does help, his friends, that the "helping" really isn't all that much help. I think that is just exactly where so many kids are...a little bit of help is all they can contribute. And that the friends really have absolutely no idea what Bear's story was, but that they figure out a way to help Bear back by giving him a story that works anyway? Love it. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
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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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