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Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead
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Sep 05, 12

bookshelves: animals, community, friendship, ncbla2013, picture-book, seasons
Read in September, 2012

Like many young readers, I will follow this author/illustrator team anywhere they want to take me--to and from the zoo and around the woods as fall comes to an end and winter sets in. As in the case of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, there's a sweetness and a sentimentality to this story that makes me want to read it again and again. Not surprisingly, each time I read it, it evokes different emotions, and I notice something new. The plot revolves around Bear who has a story to tell. Many readers will relate to his repeated attempts to share it with his friends, but Mouse, Duck, Frog are busily preparing for winter. Mole is already fast asleep. Since there is no receptive audience, Bear must keep his story in mind to share in the spring. But he forgets it during the winter months. With a little help from his friends, he finally tells a story. The simple but precise text keeps readers engaged ("Fallen leaves crunched under his feet." (unpaged), and the illustrations show how tired Bear is as he wanders through the forest. My favorite page shows Bear lifting a paw into the air to see what direction the wind is blowing as Duck prepares to fly away. The rapidly-diminishing fall foliage, the falling snowflakes, and then the greens of spring on the book's pages show the passage of time. I'm so glad that Bear finally gets to tell his story--and that I was part of his audience. This is picture book creation at its best!
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message 1: by Mary Lee (new)

Mary Lee Wow. Five stars. You rarely give 5. I'll have to make sure I see this one!!


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