Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, a gentle tale of sharing, caring and friendship, is a beautiful companion to Philip and Erin Stead’s A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011 Caldecott Medal) and And Then It’s Spring.
With stunning, watercolor pictures, Erin Stead captures the gentleness and patience of Bear.
Kind Bear had a story to share before his long winter nap. But Bear’s friends were too busy to listen. They had to get ready for winter. Being a good friend, Bear helps.
His acts of kindness like finding seeds for Mouse, checking the wind for Duck, and tucking Frog into a bed of leaves are tender moments of caring for others.
After months of winter sleep, Bear gathers his friends to begin his long-awaited tale. “But winter is a very long time for a bear to remember.” So Mouse, Duck, Frog and Mole offer prompts. Of course, Bear’s story is about a bear, his sweet friends, and the busy time just before winter.
Stead’s endearing read-aloud of a kindhearted bear with a story to tell deserves a place on every child’s bookshelf.