Reviewing the Reviewers

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Kirkus Booklist School Library Journal
  • Caldecott mention
  • friendship theme
  • secondary storytelling theme
  • short summary
  • illustration details
  • cooperative friendship
  • human characteristic
  • ages 3-7
  • Preschool-1
  • summary
  • friendship theme
  • expressive characters
  • circular story
  • Caldecott mention
  • summary
  • friendship theme
  • characters
  • illustration details
  • specific language
  • circular story
  • K-2

Bear Has a Story to Tell (Roaring Brooks Press, 2012) written by author and illustrator power-couple, Philip and Erin E. Stead follows their Caldecott Medal winner. In addition, Philip’s language combined with Erin Stead’s skill in combining pencil and watercolor creates animals hosting contemplative emotions invites every reader to connect. These attributes should be considered and mentioned in any review of this picture book intended for a child, but most definitely enjoyed by every age range.

Reviewers of Bear Has a Story to Tell (2012) provided genuine and accurate descriptions of the Stead duo’s second exceptional piece. From the simple, yet illuminating summaries, reviewers clearly support and acknowledge Bear (2012) as an exceptional contribution to children’s literature. A contribution that appeals to all readers because it reveals humanistic emotions with uncomplicated language. Each recognized the overarching theme of friendship, but Kirkus included a well-chosen secondary theme of narrative storytelling that offers Bear (2012) opportunity in classrooms wider than primary-age. All reviews, Kirkus with more detail than the others, agree that Erin Stead’s gifted illustrations enhance the story with expressive characters in light and delicate form. They noted the layout with illustrations’ smoothly transitioning from season to season while text inhibits none of the pages. Reviewers highlighted the attributes of this charming and not-to-be missed book positively influence purchasing decisions of Bear (2012). How could anyone pass this treasure?

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