Bear Has a Story to Tell

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The award winning duo of  Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead have created a beautiful tale with Bear Has a Story to Tell. In the story, Bear is excited to tell his story, but all of his friends are busy with preparations for winter. He helps each animal get ready until it is time for him to hibernate as well. When spring arrives, Bear is finally ready to tell his story. He kindly greets each of his friends, and when the time arrives to share his story, he forgets! What should one do when no story comes to mind? With the help of his friends, he is ready to tell the story of his patient wait.

This book, appropriate for ages 2-6, has a variety of themes to discuss. There is the changing of seasons, the need to be patient and wait, the kindness friends show each other, and the love of telling stories. The calming mood created by the text and illustrations makes this a great book for students who need a quiet story time. It is also an excellent bedtime story.

Common Core Discussion Questions for Bear Has a Story to Tell based on Reading Literature: Grades K-2

–          What did Bear want to do?

–          What words would you use to describe Bear’s personality? Why?

–          During what seasons of the year did the story take place?

–          Which of Bear’s friends had to leave for the winter?

–          How do you feel after reading this book? How do you feel after looking at the illustrations? Do you feel energetic or relaxed?