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Bear Has a Story to Tell

Bear Has a Story to Tell

Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Roaring Brook Press


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.

Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, North Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, MO MASL’s Readers Awards - MASTER LIST, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

Praise for Bear Has a Story to Tell

“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


In the Press

A picture book that is a tenderly detailed homage to the natural order of life. - The Washington Post

Read the Kirkus Review of BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL . Within a gentle tale of hibernation and renewal, the Steads' second collaboration (after Caldecott-winning <em>A Sick Day for Amos McGee<em>) explores a second, internal theme: the nature of the storytelling narrative itself. - Kirkus Reviews

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Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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.

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