BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL by Philip C. Stead

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Author:  Philip C. Stead
Illustrator:  Erin E. Stead

The Steads are a talented couple who have written and illustrated another great book.  Friendship and patience are central to this sweet story.

A bear, readying for winter, wants to tell his friends a story, but they are all too busy preparing for winter themselves.  Winter passes; bear wakes from his winter’s nap, wanting to tell his story.  After a forgetful moment and patient encouragement from his friends, he is finally able to tell a story.  Here is where I found his friends to be sweetly kind as well as patient.

The art work of Erin Stead is done in woodblock and paint upon which she pencils in the perfect details.  The expressions on each animal is so very clear and delightful that I spent time on each page.  My favorite one is with bear, duck, frog, mouse waiting for mole to come up from his hole.  The bear has his head on his paws, patiently anticipating his friend’s arrival out into the full circle of friends.  I can see the expression in each line of his face, in his eyes.

Awards:
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012
An Amazon Best Book of 2012
Indie Next List Pick, Fall 2012

Reading Level: 2 – 5 Years

Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead are author and illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. This is their second collaboration. This is Erin’s third picture book for Roaring Brook Press, and Philip’s fifth.
Philip and Erin live in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Philip Stead’s website is  http://philipstead.com/
Erin Stead’s website is  http://erinstead.com/

Book Information:

  • ISBN-13: 9781596437456
  • Publisher: A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Originally posted August, 2013 and July, 2015

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