Like their 2011 Caldecott Honor winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, this new book by husband and wife team Phillip and Erin Stead is a sweet story of friendship. Bear indeed has a story to tell and wants to tell it before he goes to sleep for the winter. He looks for someone to tell but Mouse and Duck and Frog and Mole are all too busy getting ready for the winter. Bear doesn’t mind waiting. He tucks in Frog and sees Duck off as he flies South. Bear ends up falling asleep without telling his story but it all works out in the end. There is a certain repetition to the story that preschoolers will enjoy but the ending isn’t predictable. I appreciate that this author-illustator team has found a way to create books that are fresh and unique but that remain sweet and ultimately tell a great story. (And I love Erin Stead’s illustrations.)
A boy has a favorite book. In the book is a bear. The Bear in the Book is hibernating. The boy is also sleepy but not ready for bed until his mother reads to him from his favorite book. I love the way Kate Banks weaves together the story of the bear inside the book with the story of the mother reading to the boy. This would be a perfect book to read snuggled up in bed with your own special reader as it’s truly a celebration of the joy of reading together.
We’ve been on a bit of a fractured fairy tales kick lately. In this sequel to
Goldilocks and the three bears, a bear wanders into a city and into an high-rise apartment building. He finds a nice apartment to rest. But first he looks for some porridge to eat and a chair to sit on. When the humans who own the apartment come home they are shocked to discover him in one of their beds. And even more shocked to discover his long ago connection to the Mommy person. We all had a good giggle when reading this one together.
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Bear Has a Story to Tell and Goldilocks and Just One Bear have both been nominated for a Cybil in the Fiction Picture Book Category. The Bear in the Book was published after the 2012 deadline for the Cybils but deserves to be remembered for nominations next year.