Friday, October 5, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Bear Has a Story to Tell

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.
Written by: Philip C. Stead 
Illustrated by: Erin E. Stead

Roaring Book Press 2012
Fiction for ages 3 to 8

Themes: patience, friendship, animals

Opening and brief synopsis:
It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy.

Bear is getting sleepy, but before he falls asleep, he has a story to tell. He tries to tell his friends Mouse, Duck and Frog, but they are all too busy preparing for winter. Will Bear be patient enough to wait until Spring? And if he does, will he remember his story that he wants to share?

Why I like this book:
In the same vein as A Sick Day for Amos McGee (see my post from last fall), Philip and Erin Stead have created another wonderfully quiet book with characters children will love. Last fall I attended an evening with the Steads and learned about their creative process, especially how Erin illustrated Amos McGee. The time and effort she puts into her illustrations just amazes me!

A book trailer can be found here
Lesson plans and activities involving hibernation can be found here and here.

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill. For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.