Little Bear's Valentine (Maurice Sendak's Little Bear Series)

Little Bear's Valentine (Maurice Sendak's Little Bear Series)

by Else Holmelund Minarik, Heather Green
     
 

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Who Is Little Bear's
Secret Valentine?

"Oh, look, Mother Bear! A valentine for me! A beautiful valentine!"

Little Bear opened the card — but there was no name inside.

Who could have sent it?

Mother Bear said, "You have a secret admirer!"

This new tale — written by Little

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Who Is Little Bear's
Secret Valentine?

"Oh, look, Mother Bear! A valentine for me! A beautiful valentine!"

Little Bear opened the card — but there was no name inside.

Who could have sent it?

Mother Bear said, "You have a secret admirer!"

This new tale — written by Little Bear's creator, Else Holmelund Minarik, and with full-color illustrations by Heather Green — will bring readers into the charmed world of Little Bear, complete with good friends Hen, Emily, Owl, and Duck, and Little Bear's loving family. Join the star of the hit animated TV series in a classic Valentine's Day story about the importance of friendship, not only on February fourteenth but all year round.

Author Biography: Else Holmelund Minarik first introduced readers to her timeless character in the classic Little Bear. The book's publication, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, launched the I Can Read series. This much-loved author continues to write stories for children at her home in New Hampshire.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In Little Bear's Valentine, Else Holmelund Minarik continues the hero's adventures begun with Little Bear, with illustrations by Heather Green (after the style of Maurice Sendak, the original illustrator), based on Nick Jr.'s animated series. Little Bear makes Valentine's Day cards for friends Emily, Hen, Owl and Duck, but when he receives a card from a secret admirer, it keeps him smiling-and guessing-all day long.
Children's Literature
Follow this young bear cub�a lovable character based on the television series Little Bear, as Little Bear himself celebrates Valentine's Day. He walks from the homes of friend to friend in search of his "secret admirer," who left a special card in his mailbox that morning. As he delivers his own homemade valentines to his friends Emily, Hen, Owl, Duck, and of course, his mother, Little Bear figures out one by one who was not the secret admirer, as each friend hands a gift right back to him. By the end of his deliveries, his admirer finally brings herself forward. Pastel drawings on each page carry the reader through and will make children feel as though they are walking along the snow-covered ground right beside Little Bear. This story is appropriate for single-mother families, as the focus is on Little Bear and the special love between him and his mother. 2003, HarperCollins Publishers,
— Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This story is based on a television series, which in turn was based upon a series of books written by Minarik and illustrated by Sendak. The author has lost none of her ability to gently capture a child's point of view. Little Bear receives a valentine from his secret admirer, and, wondering who it is, he visits all of his friends to deliver valentines and ask their opinions. Readers get to join in the secret, however, as Mother Bear hovers in the background, whispering with each friend as her son leaves. The warm and cozy ending is just right, as all of Little Bear's friends and his secret admirer gather for Valentine cookies. Green's watercolor illustrations employ a soft palette and gentle lines that mediate between Sendak's sketchier style in the original books and the bolder tones of the television series. This is a pitch-perfect picture book with timeless appeal, and a rare example of what can happen when marketing of a classic series is handled with care and respect for the children to whom the books are intended.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060522445
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/26/2002
Series:
Maurice Sendak's Little Bear Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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