Erin E. Stead and Phillip C. Stead team up again and bring us another delightful read in Bear has a Story to Tell. While it may be hard to top A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee, this latest tale of theirs isn’t a far cry from being as equally endearing and beautiful as the Caldecott winner itself.
Bear Has Something To Say
Bear has an important story to tell, and with wintertime fast approaching, he only has so long to share it before comes time to hibernate. The thing is, all of his friends are getting ready for the coming of colder weather. Mouse is busy gathering seeds, Duck is getting ready to migrate, and Toad has to find a warm place to sleep-none of them have time to listen to Bear’s story. Being a kind and generous fellow, Bear gladly helps everyone prepare as they must without making a fuss over not being able to say what he wanted to say. The fact remains to curious readers though that he still has a story to tell, and we’re willing and ready to listen, even if his friends are too busy.
If you haven’t seen Erin E. Stead’s illustrations, then you’re in for a treat. Her unique style consists of woodblock prints and pencil drawing to create artwork that is truly a joy to behold. It tells a story all its own that makes each and every book she works on just fabulous. Past that, I can’t say much. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.
Lessons To Be Learned
What readers can learn from this book comes from the kind heart of Bear, who is patient and selfless. Those are two things we like to think of ourselves as, but they are two things that in reality are very hard to actually be-particularly when we’re young!
I forget what I am saying in the middle of a sentence, so I can totally and utterly relate to Bear’s scenario. I have also always, for whatever reason, been talked over. It doesn’t matter if I just met someone, or if I am with my family. I’ll be in the middle of the story at the dinner table and someone will be like “Did you hear how cold it was going to get this weekend?”
It’s unfortunate to say the least, particularly when combined with not being able to recall what I was going to say by the time someone apologizes, and tells me to “go ahead and finish what you were saying.”
Unlike Bear though, I usually display some sort of frustration, and my patience doesn’t last all that long. Myself and I think pretty much everyone out there, regardless of whether or not they get interrupted all the time, can learn a thing or two from this book. I would certainly recommend it!