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Spring has come to the muntains, and the bears have emerged from their winter's sleep — all but the Great Bear, who sleeps on in his den.
In the Ute village, a boy called Short Tail worries that the Geat Bear will starve if he doesn't waken. So Short Tail heads off into the mountains to rouse the Great Bear. But on the way to the Great Bear's den, Short Tail too falls asleep, and slips into a magical dream in which the Great Bear teaches him a wornderful secret to share with his people.
Will Hobbs's lyrical text and Jill Kastner's rich, evoctive oil paintings bring the story of a Native American tradition ot vivid life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689835360
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Series: Avenues
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 608,457
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of many popular adventure stories for young readers, including Bearstone and Beardance. His picture book, Beardream, illustrated by Jill Kastner, is a companion to these novels. Seven of his novels have been chosen by the American Library Association as Best Books for Young Adults. A graduate of Stanford University and former language arts teacher, he lives in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, Jean. Longtime backpackers and river runners, they have spent many years exploring the mountain and canyon settings of Will's stories.
To learn more about the author and his books, visit Will's Web site at

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Beardream 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
foster7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Based upon the Ute tribe oral story, Will Hobbs writes about a Native American boy named Short Tail, who ventures into the mountains to look for Great Bear, whom he also calls Grandfather. Spring had arrived, and he did not see the bear come out of his winter hibernation. At the top of the mountain, Short Tail fell asleep, and the rest of the story is his dream. In that dream, Great Bear was grateful that the boy woke him up for Spring, and brought him into the woods to join all the other bears for a dance. Later, Short Tail awoke and shared the bear dance with his own people. In the nearby woods, Short Tail catches a glimpse of a watching bear. The illustrations by Jill Kastner are dark. Her oil paintings show landscapes of mountains, woods, and meadows. Reader see the images of bears, humans, and nature, almost melting into one another. On one gorgeous page, we see the boy sleeping, almost as if he is part of the mountain. The story has an underlying message of respecting nature, and the illustrations definitely extend that theme.
mmleynek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Responses:I thought this was a very respectful telling of a Native American tradition. The pictures are beautiful and really draw you into the story. I have a great respect for the Native American traditions and enjoy learning about them.Curricular Connections:I would use this as a read aloud for story time.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Decent read aloud-maybe a little long. Origin story of the Ute Indians bear dance.
slovepb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read aloud for Native American/bear topic.