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A Story for Bear

4.47  ·  Rating Details ·  294 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Open your heart and imagination to this magical fantasy about friendship and reading...

One sunlit afternoon, ab ear discovers a mysterious fragment of paper that leads him to a cabin and to an unlikely friend. Although he can't understand her words, he returns day after day all summer to hear the woman read to him. Each night he carries the sound of her stories--of sailors
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Sniffle! I'm so in love with this book. It brought tears to my eyes. It's such a beautiful story about a bear who becomes infatuated with the written word when he finds an old letter fluttering in the forest. When he later happens upon a lady reading near her cabin in the woods, he shyly watches and sees how the book she is holding makes her feel so many different emotions. When she discovers the bear, she invites him over and reads aloud to him. It's so very sweet and dear.

This story celebrate
Lisa Vegan
Aug 19, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all who enjoy the written word, particularly those who appreciate being read to from books
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Magical! This book is magical.

I could talk about warning kids not to get too close to wild bears or I could worry about loss and separation and how kids will react, but no; with this story these worries are not uppermost in my mind as they might be with other books.

This story might now be one of my favorites on my books-about-books shelf, and that’s saying a lot.

I love this illustrator and I adore this book’s pictures. The bear is particularly wonderfully depicted, but everything about the illus
Oct 18, 2014 GoldGato rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of books, parents reading to toddlers
Lovely. I purchased this book for the illustrations by Jim LaMarche, but the story by Dennis Haseley hooked me. This is a tale of a solitary but very curious Bear, who discovers a scrap of paper with words on it. What are those scratchings? Where did they come from? What do they mean? Bear keeps the paper and hides it in his cave.

Through the years, the bear looked at the paper with wonder - it seemed as far away and mysterious as the moon.

Remember being a child and looking with wonder upon your
Oct 04, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book. It was a quiet, soothing, perfect story of a bear and a wman who read to him. I was tearing up when she went home for the winter and left all of her books on the blanket for him. I remember thinking what a powerful book that could be in the hands of a person advocating the power of parents reading to their children. The bear's pleasure with the words despite not understanding what they meant sums up the experience perfectly: that it's about more than just the exc ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing
You must read this book! It is so touching, so warm, and kind. I felt as if I were there under the trees as the woman read to me in her kind, gentle voice. You can almost smell the pine trees! The illustrations are a story by themselves! The illustrator captured the heart of the bear. I loved the way the bear looked so lovingly and respectfully at the woman as she shared her stories with him. I read this tender story to my kindergartners and they were mesmerized. At the beginning of the school y ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
This is a sweet, quiet story about a bear who finds a letter and becomes fascinated with words on paper. He discovers a woman reading outside and as he returns each day, coming closer and closer, she eventually begins to read to him. I liked the message about the magic of books and the emotional ties to stories. I also liked the fact that this story celebrates reading aloud.

I thought the illustrations were terrific, but the story seemed off to me - perhaps it's the unlikely behavior of the bear
Stephanie Jobe
May 01, 2012 Stephanie Jobe rated it it was amazing
This enchanting tale is all about friendship and the wonders of reading. A bear finds a scrap of paper with strange markings on it and fascinated takes it back to his cave. Then he sees a woman reading these rectangular things filled with the marks. A strange friendship begins to develop. He even shares the words he found with her but the woman cannot stay at the cabin forever but she leaves her books to keep bear company. The acrylic paint and colored pencil illustrations leave you with a warm ...more
Linda Lipko
Mar 14, 2016 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
Yet another stellar book illustrated by one of my favorite artists. LaMarche's works contain soft images with a dream like quality.

This is a story of a woman who stays in a wooded cabin during the summer months. A bear, finding scribbling on a piece of paper, carries this with him. As the woman reads throughout the summer, bear notices that the markings on his paper and on the books read by the lady, are similar.

Bear becomes more comfortable slowly moving closer to her. By summer's end, he is ri
Nov 01, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults and children
With amazing illustrations Jim LaMarche had done an excellent job of conveying a love of reading. This simple and sweet story will make you want to forget about our too crazy lives and go and sit and the woods and read. Something I always recommend doing. Children 1st - 4th grade will enjoy this book and so will the adult reading it.
Apr 10, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I quite enjoyed this little book, despite its inherent implausibility. The pictures are warm and inviting. The bear expresses a peaceful curiosity, and there is a harmony between human and beast that is wonderful. This is a splendid and lovely book.
Feb 02, 2008 GraceAnne rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous and magical. The power of reading, of words, of story: the power of the sound of a dear voice telling the story.
Aug 01, 2011 Cassie rated it really liked it
Magical and wonderful! This is the sort of story that fills your heart with delight :)
A beautiful story for book lovers of all ages. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is charming. I highly recommend it!
Oct 29, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrow-library
Absolutely loved this story and the illustrations. Not your average bear story.
Ciera Labbe
Sep 26, 2016 Ciera Labbe rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolutely great book. I think young children would really love this book and would admire the bond the bear has with this women. This book will really motivate young students to read. The ending to this book is really great. This is a book I would love to read over again!
Nov 01, 2016 Alicia rated it it was amazing
A mother stopped to speak to me today and during our conversation she described with much enthusiasm how she loved reading this book with her children. Wrapping her arms around herself, she said it was the sweetest, warmest, and coziest book she had ever read. When I looked it up and said I'd like to read it, she begged me to read it within the next week so that she could ask me about it the next time she came in. So, as soon as I had a moment I read it. It was most definitely warm and fuzzy. As ...more
K McClelland
Aug 13, 2016 K McClelland rated it it was amazing
I wanted to rate this book, even though I don't typically review children's books, because this one was great. I recommend this, really recommend it. All children should hear this story. It's great because it teaches a lot. First you've got the bear letting his curiosity take him around the forest. Desire to know, to understand brings him to the woman. Trust from the woman and the bear in each aspect necessary for them. A desire to know stories even though he's an animal and so many people think ...more
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Summary: Bear finds a letter in the forest and becomes fascinated with the idea of writing. One afternoon in the summer, he finds a young woman reading and is enchanted by her and her books. He continues coming back and she shares stories with him all summer.

What I Think: First, I have to tell you that at the moment when the bear and woman meet, my first reaction was RUN! Now, I am happy she didn't, but this would not be a book to teach bear
Feb 19, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
I realize I am zero fun and my imagination only works with things that are realistic. Hence I am NOT a fantasy/magic fan. So this books pictures are excellent! They are great and I love them. I love the idea of literacy and reading stories...but do you want to have a bear approach you? Would you read to a bear. If it were a squirrel instead of a human women...maybe I could have been swept in the imagination, but it was a human women and a bear...I think bears are interesting and beautiful but if ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Shelli rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet story about a bear and a women who share a love of books and reading one fall. This would be a fun book to read aloud with children then ask what they would think if a bear came up next to them? How would they feel? Do you think you could be brave enough to sit and read to a bear?

Reading to animals helps encourage reading and builds confidence with children. There are local programs, like Read to Rover, that go to schools and libraries that bring in dogs for children to read to. Maybe ins
Ivonne Tamez
Jun 11, 2014 Ivonne Tamez rated it it was amazing
En su paseo diario por el bosque un joven oso encuentra
un trozo de papel escrito junto a un seto. Aunque no puede
leerlo, causa en él tal magnetismo y curiosidad que lo
guarda como un tesoro. Algunos años más tarde durante el
verano, dando un paseo, observa a una joven con la
mirada puesta en un libro. Este espectáculo que relaciona
con el papel que todavía conserva, le empujará a acudir
todos los días a oír su mágica voz, aun sin comprender
nada, y a escuchar las historias que la joven lee tod
Mar 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this magical book!!! I initially encountered it on a trip to the local library. I had checked it out to read to my young daughter. As I read it, I fell in love! I couldn't bear to part with it (forgive my pun!) so I went out and bought a copy so I could forever relive the feelings it brought out in me. Some books touch you and leave an indelible imprint on a book lover's soul. For me, this was one of those books. I read it and I read it often. It is hands down, one of my most f ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Cat rated it it was amazing
I loved this story so much. I loved the imagery and the beauty of the words. The illustrations were perfect and it was a joy to read out loud to my children. My daughter liked it but they all looked at me like I was crazy when I cried a bit at the end. I couldnt help it. It was so perfect. It hit home with the beauty of the woods and words and described books so perfectly. The bear was perfect too and I just loved it all. I will buy it for my kids for their own bookshelf soon.
Sep 27, 2015 Loraine rated it it was amazing
Five gold stars times five for this exquisitely illustrated children's book about a shy bear and a human, with books at the center of their lives. How to communicate when one doesn't understand the other's words? Communicate they do, though. This is so tender, so magical. And did I mention the artwork?
Aug 30, 2014 Penny rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story about a bear meeting a human who loves to read on her summer away. The illustrations are beautiful and my children loved them. They're artistic, which is nice compared to many children's books. We saw it at the library, but I think we need to get a copy to keep in our home. It's a favorite.
Jul 11, 2008 Carmen rated it it was amazing
This gentle and heartwarming story became an instant family favorite the first time we read it! The love that bear feels for the lady with the books, and then for the books she leaves for him, is portrayed in both the tender illustrations and storytelling. Anyone who has every spent magical moments lost in their favorite books will understand the joy of this sweet story.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Aug 23, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about a Bear who finds a letter and soon falls in love with books and stories with the help of an unexpected kind friend. The illustrations are soothing, calm, and comforting...the perfection tones for a beautiful story that is sure to the warm the heart of book-lovers everywhere.
Sep 05, 2008 Allison rated it liked it
Beautiful colored pencil pictures of a very fuzzy bear who sits at a summer cabin, listening to a lady who reads to him. It is a bittersweet story, and beautifully done, but I don't appreciate bittersweet stories, so I hated the ending.
One sunlit afternoon, ab ear discovers a mysterious fragment of paper that leads him to a cabin and to an unlikely friend. Although he can't understand her words, he returns day after day all summer to hear the woman read to him. Each night he carries the sound of her stories--of sailors.
May 02, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
The story is a little improbable (what with the whole woman reading to a bear premise). Still, the illustrations are gorgeous and the story is quiet and warm. It went over surprisingly well for library storytime for grades k-2.
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