Friday, January 18, 2013

BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Lexile     540          Pages     32          Ages     5 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 152745 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

"It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy."

Bear wants to tell his friends a story before he hibernates for the winter but they all are busy preparing for the cold weather.  Mouse has to collect food to last and Bear helps but then Mouse hurries into her hole.  Duck has to fly south and Bear helps determine which way the wind is blowing and then Duck takes off, telling Bear, "I will miss you, Bear!"  So it goes with Bear helping his friends but none of them taking time to hear his story.  Finally, Bear crawls in his den and goes to sleep.

When spring arrives, Bear makes sure all of his friends are okay and gathers them 'round to hear his story but it has been so long that he has forgotten it!  His friends try to help him remember and Bear starts his new story with, "It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy," which takes the story full circle.

This book by husband and wife team Philip and Erin Stead is about friendship.  In helping his friends prepare for the winter, Bear shows children what being a good friend is all about.  My opinion is that it shows what not being a good friend is too.  Bear helps all of his friends yet not one of them will take the time to hear his story. To me, that is not being a good friend.

Erin Stead's illustrations are just adorable!  You can really tell how sleepy Bear is as he helps his friends and you can feel his consternation as he tries to remember his story.  As an added bonus, Bear Has a Story To Tell teaches children about animals and how each one prepares differently for cold weather.

Bear Has a Story To Tell would be a great addition to your child's reading list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Bear Has a Story To Tell can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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