Little Bear (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Little Bear (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak
     
 

In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers�they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such

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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers�they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hoban's books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoff's popular Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked - Little Bear, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and Daniel's Duck by Clyde Bulla, to name a few - and all are enjoyed by children of all ages. Preschool - Grade 1.

Editorial Reviews

Virginia Haviland
A find, of proved success with the child who has first-grade reading skill. The story of Little Bear's imaginative play feels far removed from controlled vocabulary; Maurice Sendak's drawings give it special distinction. . .
Children's Literature
There are four stories in this beginning reader, which don't really get tied together until the last one. In the first Little Bear wants to go out and play in the snow, but he is cold so Mother Bear makes him some clothes. After wearing a hat, coat and trousers, Little Bear still isn't warm, so his mother suggests that he just play in his fur coat, which seems to work out just fine. In the next tale, Little Bear is afraid that his mother has forgotten his birthday so he sets about making some birthday soup. As his friends arrive to wish him a happy birthday, he invites them to join him for soup. At just the right moment, Mother Bear arrives with a birthday cake. Little Bear decides that he is going to go to the moon, but since he can't fly he just pretends he is one the moon, which it turns out for him, is very similar to Earth. In the final story, Little Bear can't seem to fall asleep and he starts wishing for a series of outlandish things when his mother asks what he wants. Finally he asks for a story about himself and she obliges by reprising the adventures in the first three chapters. Typical kid behavior is evident and kids younger than those who can read will probably enjoy the stories the most. The pictures by Sendak are probably the major reason for this reissue. A Beginning Reading, Level 1 in the "I Can Read Book" series. 2003 (orig. 1957), HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 7.
— Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780808526186
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
01/28/1957
Series:
Little Bear Series
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
63
Sales rank:
1,057,007
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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