Illustrated by Virginia Parsons
First Published: 1969
Genre: picture book
Once upon a time, in a summer forest, there were fourteen bears.
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 7yo.
Comments: This is a collection of two stories about the fourteen bears who lived in hollow trees and played in the forest, first in summer then in winter. This was originally published as a Big Golden Book and a beloved book of many which sold for hundreds of dollars at online auctions until it was, thankfully, republished for another generation of children (and parents!) to enjoy. A very simple, but touching story with detailed illustrations. This is one that you linger on each page before turning to the next. A good book for those who have just started to read. For younger kids, this is one they'll want to hear over and over again.