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Bear Has a Story to Tell

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It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy.
But first, Bear had a story to tell...

Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn't have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through help
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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What a lovely book! It's very gentle and sweet and perfect for autumn. Bear is getting very sleepy as the leaves begin to fall, but he has a story to tell before he takes his long winter nap. But all his forest friends are preparing for winter, too. Mouse needs to gather food, duck needs to fly south, etc. and they are all too busy to hear his story. But Bear is a good friend and helps them all with their preparations. Will Bear ever be able to tell his story?

The ending is a little surprising, a
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet story about a bear who knows that winter is coming, and wants to tell all his friends a story before he goes to sleep. But, his pals are all too busy with their own cold weather preparations to listen to his tale. The soft artwork by Erin Stead, the author's wife, is lovely and ethereal.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books

”Would you like to hear a story?”

I love Bear! This big, brown, soft, slow moving cutie looks so warm, cozy and content. I want to curl up on his belly and stay there all winter! :D

Bear has a story to tell, but everyone is busy getting ready to hibernate for the winter. From Mouse to Frog to Mole—Bear helps tuck each one in for the long winter. But Bear is getting tired too. Yawning and stretching. What about his story? Will we ever hear Bear’s tale?

This warm, sweet story is filled to the brim wi
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh! Oh my goodness. My children and I would have loved this when they were little. The 'plot' is sweet, but could have been ruined by the wrong illustrator. I'm so glad the Steads are a team as Erin really made these characters come alive in their setting (despite the 'blurriness' that I normally don't like). I love how Bear helped his friends get ready for winter, instead of focusing on his own quest. I love how Bear seems not only sleepy, but just a little melancholy... with symbolism making t ...more
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.
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 ...more
As usual I was sucked in by the cover, but not disappointed AT ALL! What a charming book. Lovingly painted and drawn by E.E. Stead,, and written by P..C. Stead , who must really understand animals, ,the lumbering milk chocolate bear has a story to tell and one by one he seeks out his friends to share the story with, has the time to listen.
He first approaches the mouse, so tiny just looking for food to get through winter, bear can help with that, but the mouse has not enough time for a story. As
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sweetness. And not in a cloying sense at all. Circular like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, gorgeous illustrations like Waiting for Winter, sweet story of a bear (reminiscent of Bear Snores On or Old Bear), and yet better than all of these. (Save perhaps for Waiting for Winter, a personal fave).

My kids immediately wanted to reread it as soon as we finished it (so of course I obliged... the book then went with one child for rest time to be cherished on his own time). That's one of the things I love
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead is a circular story about Bear's friends who are busy with Fall preparations, migration and hibernation, forcing Bear to wait until Spring to tell them his story.

Stead's illustrations really highlight the size of Bear and the vastness of nature and the outdoors versus Bear's much smaller friends. The nearly identical first and last images truly bring this story full circle. My favorite images are cover, finding seeds, win
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
These people simply enchant me. I am talking about Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead. They are wonderful, lovely, sensitive, profoundly talented people and we are so, so lucky that they direct their talents, their energies, their insights into creating fabulous books for children.

Here is the latest in their beautiful picture book journey. Meet Bear. He is a kindly, friendly, vulnerable and very tired fellow and he has a story to tell. He's out gallumphing through the woods in search of a friend
Cheryl Dickemper
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
Readers who loved A Sick Day for Amos McGee will appreciate the soft and beautifully detailed watercolor illustrations in this next book from the husband and wife author/illustrator team, as well as the subtle character education message about being a patient and caring friend. Because the message is a bit understated and serious, a book like this may not be as popular right off the bat with a lot of kids as some of the more raucous read-alouds on the bookshelf. However, I think this is the kind ...more
Lu Benke
Exquisite color and good layout for the illustrations with the sense of more happening off the page. The plot seemed cheesy to begin with, but I found myself liking the way it ended. I liked the way that the animals preparing for winter had the ring of authenticity for each of the animals involved. And, the idea of a character being repeatedly told to delay the telling of a story to others is a fairly common one within HUMAN families. So, the question remains, am I okay with the mixture of authe ...more
Kristen Dota
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Children are able to learn about the different animals in the book and how they prepare for winter. I also enjoyed how the bear never gave up on trying to tell his story even when spring did arrive. The bear brought each of the animals a gift when spring arrived even when they were so quick to leave bear before winter. The ending was my favorite part when the bear finally remembered his story, and when you turn the page to start it, its actually the first page at the ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When bear wants to tell his woodland friends a story before he goes to sleep for the winter, he discovers that his friends are making their own preparations and don't have time for his story. Upon waking up in the spring, bear gathers his friends to tell his story but the problem is: winter is a long time to remember.

These are some of the most gentle, soothing illustrations I've ever had the privilege of viewing within the pages of a picture book. I'm thinking some sort of heavy medal needs to
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens
This is a sweet story about the changing of the seasons, patience, and the importance of taking time out of our busy, busy schedule to 'talk story,' as they say in Hawaii. Sometimes we lose sight of our own friendships and our need to connect. This story reminds us.

The watercolor illustrations complement the story nicely and the book is appropriate for all ages, but may speak to adults the most. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
The Library Lady
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I sincerely hope that this does NOT win the Caldecott because the Steads have already been deservedly recognized for their stellar A Sick Day For Amos McGee and I would like to see someone else get the spotlight. That said, this is a lovely, sweet book with gentle, muted illustrations that will make this more for lap reading than for a group.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bear, hibernating and storytelling requests
Recommended to June by: Cap Choices
Shelves: picture-book, autumn, bear
A bear has a story to tell before winter, but all his friends are too busy getting ready for the winter. Bear helps all his friends, but can he remember the story until next spring?

Beautiful illustrations and nice use of white space. 10/20/12

Had a small group for story time, so I read this. Forgot how much I loved the illustrations.

Boy at PJ Time chose this as his second book.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Both text and illustrations. Especially like the picture of bear testing the direction of the wind for duck, and the double-page spread of bear watching the first snowflakes fall.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
As perfect as a picture book can be.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
I adore this book!!!
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
روایت دایره ای ساده ولی تر و تمیز- پنجاه تا ستاره هم برای تصویرسازی ها
Gentle book about a thoughtful and patient Bear who puts his friends' needs ahead of his own. Beautiful illustrations and precise, elegant prose make this book a standout.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
For me, very reminiscent of A Sick Day for Amos McGee - which is a good thing. A very good thing!
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just for the vast emotion she can get in the tilt of Bear's head. Lovely.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I honestly expected more from the story.


At first I was really sad that no one wanted to hear Bear's story, not even Mouse or Frog after Bear helped them get ready for winter. I thought someone would listen to Bear's story before winter started, but winter came and Bear went to sleep. When spring came Bear was excited because that meant he can tell his story to his friends. They all got together and waited for Mole to wake up and when everyone was ready Bear started to tell his s
It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy.
But first, Bear had a story to tell...

Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn't have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through helping his friends get ready for winter, would anyone still be awake to hear his story?

This endearing story of friendship and pa
Christine Irvin
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bear is sleepy, but before settling down for his long winter's nap he has a story he wants to tell. He finds Mouse and asks him if he would like to listen to a story. But, Mouse is too busy gathering seeds for the upcoming winter. Mouse says he will listen to the story in the spring. Then Bear asks Duck and Frog, but each of them are preparing for the long winter ahead. Unable to find a listener, and unable to stay awake any longer, Bear falls asleep. What will happen when he awakes in the sprin ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
What Erin E. Stead created with this book is one of the loveliest pieces of art for a child that I have ever seen. It is the one thing that immediately captivates the reader, no, it strikes the eye of the beholder with its delicacy and mastery in craft. It truly conveys what the characters (especially the main one) feel with lines, colouring and brushes. If it were a picture book it would not lose any of its value and much deserved appreciation. On top of that, Philip C. Stead does write with gr ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bear wants to tell a story to his friends before he takes his long winter nap. But mouse is preparing for winter by gathering seeds, so he helps her. Duck was about to fly south for the winter and couldn't listen to Bear's story. Bear helps Frog find a warm place to sleep. Poor bear doesn't get to tell his story before he drifts off to sleep. When he awakes in spring, he is eager to tell his story. Will his friends have time to listen now?

A story of friendship and kindness, I really loved the il
Carol Sundell
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I see why the American Library Association chose this book to be one of the 2013 Notable Children's books for young readers! It is a lovely story about the changing seasons but the lasting power of friendship and patience. I gave this book a 5 star rating due to Erin E. Stead's elegant painted drawings that complement the story perfectly! What a wonder husband-and-wife collaboration! I look forward to more books by this couple plus any illustrated by Erin E. Stead.
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Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Together with Erin, he also created Bear Has a Story to Tell, an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award honor book. Philip, also an artist, has written and illustrate ...more
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