I'll be honest, the main difference between the two versions is the size, but the 12 inch version has been simplified to make it work as a small block.
The pattern is a black bear, but if you want to call it as a brown bear or even a polar bear (a low volume version would be pretty cool don't you think?!), I won't be offended.
As I have said before, I don't regard this as a pattern suitable for beginners. Its not because of the small pieces - many of my other patterns have smaller pieces- no, its to do with fabric choices and keeping your place when sewing the subtle shading on the bear.That said, the pieces can't be too small as one of my crazy pattern testers is even talking about reducing the block down to 6 inch- I wonder if she really dares!
Here's Jeifner's awesome version of little bear.
The good news is that Growl, Little Bear Paper Pieced Pattern is available via my Craftsy Store, so if this is the size that you want, hop over get yourself a copy.
If you are game for a challenge and fancy giving the big bear a go, then you will have to hang in there just a little bit longer. I promise I'll let you know when its ready.