- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 50th Anniversary ed. edition (Feb. 21 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006024240X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060242404
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Little Bear Hardcover – Feb 21 1992
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This is the first I Can Read Book ever, and the first of five classic Little Bear books, expressly designed for beginning readers. Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak teamed up to create these simple stories that are deeply comforting and lovingly playful. In one story, "Birthday Soup," Little Bear cannot find his mother and presumes she has forgotten his birthday. With the prospect of guests arriving and no cake in sight, he sets out to make birthday soup (all his friends like soup). Just as the gathering is sitting down for soup, Mother Bear shows up with a big, beautiful birthday cake. "I never did forget your birthday, and I never will," she says to her son as he hugs her leg. In "Little Bear Goes to the Moon," Little Bear declares that he will fly to the moon in his new space helmet. Mother Bear tells him to be back by lunch, and he is. The gentle, teasing repartee between Little Bear and his mother will delight young readers, and the spacious layout and large type will encourage them to keep on reading! (Ages 4 to 8)
"These tender and eloquent stories about Little Bear (the first Harper I Can Read Book) are told with a forthright simplicity that is never forced or artificially repetitious." -- Language Arts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
A soothing alternative to ninjas and power rangers.
Both the author and illustrator of this book had very prolific output during their careers. And they died just a few months apart. I know that we have read many books illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and his illustrations are wonderful. But after read this one we will need to track down some of the 40 plus books that Else wrote. There is something so compelling about simple fun stories that my son loves. And love this book he did. This volume has 4 shorter stories:
What Will Little Bear Wear?
Little Bear Goes to the Moon
Little Bear's Wish
These books are geared to readers 4-8 years of age. At 8 my son could read the whole book but loves sharing stories. But to be honest even as an adult there is something really enjoyable in these stories.
This is a great little read for the young and the young at heart. My son really loved this book. It was one of 6 in a box set he got for reading 10 days this summer. It was really interesting watching how excited he was with the story and the illustrations. And I can give it 2 thumbs up!
My children are eight and five, but they still enjoy sitting down occasionally and revisiting Little Bear. Throughout the books, Little Bear's mother is presented as the all-knowing, all-loving, kindly parent figure (you can imagine how much any parent secretly enjoys that!). The illustrations perfectly complement the calm, simple tone taken by Minarik in her tales. They present Little Bear as the typical kid: by turns curious, goofy, sad, frustrated, content, sleepy, joyful. We see the illogic involved in so many of the rites of passage of childhood without ever feeling that Little Bear is being made fun of. No, this is a protected, dear, secure universe concocted magically by Minarik and Sendak, and it's a pleasure to visit it every time you open the book.
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