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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Apr 1, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Spring has come to the Ute village, but Short Tail and his people are concerned because the Great Bear has not awakened. So Short Tail goes into the mountains to find the bear's den. But on the way, Short Tail too falls asleep, and slips into a magical dream in which the Great Bear teaches him a wonderful secret to take back to his people.

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User Review  - mmleynek - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - foster7 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

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

Cynthia Rylant is the acclaimed author of more than eighty books for young people, including the novel Missing May, which received the John Newbery Medal. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.
Jill Kastner is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Waterfall and her own Barnyard Big Top and Snake Hunt. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, she lives in Weehawken, New Jersey.