A Story for BearLaMarche's illustrations in acrylic paint and colored pencil fill the pages with hazy scenes of summer in the woods and the amazing friendship that grows between the woman who sits outside each day reading a book and the bear who is eager "to understand what she was doing as she held the book." Each day, the bear moves further from the woods and closer to the woman, intrigued by her responses to the book. One day, before the woman comes out of the cabin, the bear moves close enough to her chair to reach her books and paw through one. Although he doesn't understand what it is, the bear enjoys the scents and feel of the book.
The bear runs away when the woman comes, but the next day when he ventures close, she calls to him to join her. From then on, each day the woman reads to the bear. Even though he can't understand what the words mean, "...as he listened to the sound of her voice, happiness washed over him like a wave." The bear particularly enjoys the emotion the woman's voice conveys as she reads different sections of the book. When fall comes, the woman leaves the cabin, but the bear discovers she has left her books for him. The bear carefully takes them back to his cave where they remind him of her all through the winter.