I have been trying to remember the title of this book for a long time, but I cannot the life of me remember the title. Worst of all, it's a book I never finished so my details about it will be vague at best. I remember starting to read it when I was in 5th grade in 2002-03. It's fantasy, medieval I believe. It's either a children's novel or a young adult novel. The protagonist is a boy. The antagonists are 2 or 3 witches. Either the boy can talk to animals, or animals can talk to him. For example, the boy talks to a bear (or was it a tiger?) in the woods not too far from the beginning of the book. I think on the cover of the book there might be a bear. Vague, I know, but if anybody has any idea I would be grateful. I would remember the cover if I saw it. Keep in mind the information listed above is tentative since I cannot remember the few details I know fully.