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?(goodreads summary)
Bear is so tired but before he can go to sleep for the winter, he has a story he wants to tell his friends. Unfortunately, all his animal friends are also getting ready for a long winter's nap and just can't find the time to listen. When spring arrives, Bear's friends wake up eager for his story. But will Bear be ready to finally tell it? This was a cute and sweet story that really warms the heart on a cold fall day. It would make a wonderful bedtime story because of its' gentle text and subtle watercolor illustrations giving the feeling of sleepiness. I loved the kindness and friendship theme represented among all the animals as each one gets ready for hibernation. Even though this story was short and simple, it captures that cozy feeling of curling up with a warm blanket and settling in for a winter's night sleep. It has a turn around ending that adds a pleasant outcome for Bear. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 2-7.~
Title: Bear has a Story to Tell
Author: Phillip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Pub. Date: September 2012, Roaring Book Press
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.