The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter

The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter by Evelyn Scott
Illustrated by Virginia Parsons

First Published: 1969
Genre: picture book
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

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.


  1. This book brings back so many wonderful childhood memories! The text is simple, but the pictures are what kept me coming back to it as a kid over and over and over and over again. I'd try to match up the kitchens in the summer to the bedrooms in the winter. I'd try to choose my favourite kitchen, favourite bedroom, favourite tree decorations, favourite honey flavour--endless hours of entertainment!


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