July 2012 Indie Next List
“The Caldecott-winning team who created A Sick Day for Amos McGee is back with another utterly charming story. The quiet-yet-strong demeanor of a bear wanting to tell his friends a story is subtly sweet, and the selfless acts of help he gives those friends in their preparation for winter instead of telling them his story is lesson for all of us. The soft and detailed illustrations give soul to the animals. Just lovely!”
— Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
"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 patience is a worthy companion to Philip and Erin Stead's last collaboration, "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.
"Bear Has a Story to Tell "is a" Kirkus Reviews" Best Children's Book of 2012. This title has Common Core connections.
About the Author
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.
“The universal desire to narrate our lives is at the heart of Philip C. Stead’s delightful and instructive ‘Bear Has a Story to Tell.’” —The New York Times Book Review
"The rhythms of nature and of storytelling are in fine form here.”—School Library Journal, starred review
"...especially soulful….The quiet suggestion that no one has all the answers is just one of the many pleasures the Steads give readers.”—Publishers Weekly, starred
“The creators of the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2010) offer another charming story about the reciprocal nature of friendship…” —Booklist
"Quietly entrancing." —Horn Book