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Bear has a story to tell (edition 2012)

by Philip Christian Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

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Title:Bear has a story to tell
Authors:Philip Christian Stead
Other authors:Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
Info:New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
Collections:Your library
Tags:bears, winter, picture book, read in 2012

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Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead



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I liked this book because in the end all of the bears friends got together and helped the bear remember and tell the story that he had been wanting to tell.
  Elisabeth_Reil | May 18, 2016 |
This is a fantasy book about a bear who is about to hibernate for the winter but has a story he wants to tell to his friends. All of his friends (a variety of different animals) are getting ready for the winter too, though, and don't have enough time to listen to his story, but bear helps his friends get ready for winter. After bear's hibernation, he forgets his story, but his friends help him remember. This is a really great animal fantasy book because it's believable - the animals can talk and have very human emotions while still doing normal animal things. The animals illustrate kindness and loving friendships. I would use this book to talk about what good friendships look like and how we should do our best to help our friends in need. This is a good book to talk about patience with as well. The illustrations are oil paintings.
  jessicayambra | Apr 3, 2016 |
As the title suggests, this story is about a bear with a story to tell before hibernation. He goes and visits all his animal friends, but ends up in a cycle of not remembering the story, hibernating, making the book a full circle. It's a good fantasy because it incorporates that talking animals with the natural process of hibernation, making this book a great possibility for teaching in a science setting as well as reading.
Media: pencil and watercolor ( )
  ShelbyEllis | Feb 17, 2016 |
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 |
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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.

My personal reaction:
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 ( )
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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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