Newly released last week is title by one of my increasingly favorite husband/wife duos: Philip and Erin Stead: Bear Has a Story to Tell.
Around here, this would be a great book for early November. In other parts of the country, winter comes earlier or later so if you are particular about acute seasonal timing, know that this is about winter knocking at the doorsteps of fall and animals getting ready for it. All the while Bear is looking for someone, ANYONE to give him some time to hear his story. A tiny little curveball gets thrown by the time his friends are ready to listen. It’s a beautiful book, some books are great to gobble up quickly, others give you a sense of slower pace and savory appreciation right at the get-go… even with the paper its printed on! This is one of those books.
I am in love with the illustrations by Erin Stead, as per usual. For anyone who still doubts that creating children’s books is truly a unique and detailed art form, check these pictures out from her website that show her woodblock printing technique:
and the book trailer: