Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bear Has a Story to Tell

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Author: Philip C. Stead
Illustrator:   Erin Stead
Publisher:  Roaring Book Press
Publication Year:   2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   featured on "Calling Caldecott" blog, Kirkus Best of 2012, starred reviews School Library Journal & Publisher's Weekly

Summary:  Before hibernating, Bear wants to tell his story but everyone is busy. Finally, Bear must go to sleep without getting to tell anyone. Many months later when he awakens, Bear is excited to get to tell his story. He helps all his friends gather together but then he can't remember the story. Helpfully, his friends suggest that perhaps he should tell the story of his hibernation and so the last line of the book is an echo of the first. Erin Stead's beautiful muted illustrations perfectly accompany this sweet story of friendship. (I'm not sure if the vertical spread of Mole's underground den or the gorgeous starry sky spread when Bear is telling his story is my favorite.)

Classroom Ideas: The plot of this story could be easily mapped, and the theme of friendship and helpfulness could be identified by younger readers.

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