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A Kiss for Little Bear (Little Bear #5)

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  11,528 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss.

How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will d
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1996 by HarperCollins (first published 1968)
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Kathryn
Feb 27, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra
Love this book! I hadn't read any of the Little Bear books in ages (maybe since I was a kid?) but now I want to read the entire series. I just loved the fun, the humor, the easy flow of the story and the beautiful illustrations that are at once so accurate in portraying animals looking like real animals yet also with the most telling expressions. Oh, gosh! The exasperated expressions on the animals just cracked me up. This is at once a very sweet, very funny story that can be appreciated on many ...more
Alex
Mar 27, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-children
My favorite of the "Little Bear" series, it's actually the least sentimental despite the title. Follow the kiss's journey from Little Bear's grandmother back to Little Bear, as the animals are ultimately too lazy or distracted to do it themselves. Hen is downright hilarious: "Too much kissing!" The drawings are surprisingly straightforward (yet still marvelously detailed) for Maurice Sendak. Youngsters will love the realistic animals, possibly even kissing them when appropriate. (My son LOVES ki ...more
Elijah Libert
Nov 11, 2014 Elijah Libert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked that when Little Bear told Hen to give the painting to his Granny, and the Granny gave a kiss to Hen to give to Little Bear, but the Hen did not do it, he was too lazy to do it. At the end, Hen came back and said, "Hey you are not suppose to give that kiss to that guy." And then Hen learned his lesson not to be lazy.
Isabella Woodard
Feb 09, 2014 Isabella Woodard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baby bear made a picture for his grandmother and the skunks married each other because they loved each other so much and the boy skunk was supposed to be giving the picture to Little Bear's grandmother. There were really nice pictures in the book.
Bianca Orellana
Jun 09, 2017 Bianca Orellana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-000-bbk
LOVE LOVE LOVE Little Bear, and this story is so sweet! The little skunk wedding at the end made our day <3
Steven R. McEvoy
Jan 06, 2017 Steven R. McEvoy rated it it was amazing
My son seems to have fallen in love with the Little Bear Books. There was one in a box set we purchased last year and since that time he has bought himself a few more and read the rest from the library. But of all the little bear books this is the one he picks up most often to read, after as an extra after doing our normal reading for the day. But my son has shown no interest in other books by Else Holmelund Minarik when I have pointed them out at the library or the book store.

Unlike book 1 in t
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Ilyen Marban
Mar 13, 2017 Ilyen Marban rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Basically a story of friendship and little bears determination to make something for his friends.
Melissa
Do with puppets.
“This picture makes me happy”, said Little Bear.
“Hello, Hen. This picture is for Grandmother. Will you take it to her, Hen?”
“Yes I will”, said Hen.
Grandmother was happy. “This kiss is for Little Bear”, she said.
“Will you take it to him, Hen?”
“I will be glad to,” said Hen.
Then Hen saw her friend Frog. She stopped to chat.
“Hello, Frog. I have a kiss for Little Bear. It is from his grandmother. Will you take it to him, Frog?”
“Sure” said Frog
Here’s the kiss, said Hen.
Frog hopped off
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Steven R. McEvoy
My son seems to have fallen in love with the Little Bear Books. There was one in a box set we purchased last year and since that time he has bought himself a few more and read the rest from the library. But of all the little bear books this is the one he picks up most often to read, after as an extra after doing our normal reading for the day. But my son has shown no interest in other books by Else Holmelund Minarik when I have pointed them out at the library or the book store.

Unlike book 1 in t
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Julio Yac
A Kiss for Little Bear is a story of how a picture that a young bear drew is delivered to his grandmother resulting in a progression of events. After the young bear finishes drawing his picture, he asks hen to deliver it to his grandmother. The grandmother was happy to receive the picture and wanted to send young bear a kiss. Grandmother gives hen the kiss but the kiss is transferred to other animals along the journey back to young bear. The picture on the cover enticed me to want to find out m ...more
Vance Allen
Jun 23, 2013 Vance Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews
This book was cool. I like the telephone style communication of the kiss. The skunks was a little much for a children's book but they ended the story nicely by allowing them to get married. This is a must read to teach literacy in K-2. The words are small and the pictures really support retrieval, decoding and comprehension. Thank You Else Homelund Minarik.

The author employed a strong sense of community in the book. Every character felt obliged to partake in delivering the kiss. I think this boo
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Megan Laird
Else Minarik's story of Little Bear and the traveling kiss between he and his grandmother is an awkward story for an older reader. Why was it necessary to continue the kissing between the skunks? An even better question, why was it necessary for them to have a wedding? I find the artwork produced by Maurice Sendak to be more intriguing than the storyline, but this book is also considered an easy-to-read, which would explain the lack of story. After reading this book, I ponder the question of whi ...more
Nicole
Little Bear’s circular story begins in the illustrations on the title page, drawing a Wild Things-styled picture that his friend Hen takes to Little Bear’s grandmother. In return laughing Grandmother asks Hen to take a kiss back to Little Bear and the fun really begins. How the kiss is relayed from Hen to a series of unlikely and amusing animals is pure delight! In the end, two skunks get caught up in a kiss exchange until the exasperated Hen gets the kiss back for final delivery to Little Bear ...more
Cam Rowe
Feb 10, 2017 Cam Rowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite books. Grandmother's kiss for Little Bear has quite an adventure as it is passed around the animals. Little Skunk has the best time with it, and it leads to an abrupt and adorable change of pace at the story's finish.
Vivian
Oct 26, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Although this falls into the Beginning Reader genre there is little enough text per page that it can be used successfully in a story time for pre-school age children. It is a delightful circular story, meaning it ends where it begins.

Little Bear paints a picture and sends it with Hen to give to his grandmother. Grandmother enjoys it so much that she gives Hen a kiss to take to Little Bear. The kiss goes from Hen to Frog to Cat to Skunk. The kiss goes back and forth between two skunks several tim
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Marlayna
This book begins with Little Bear deciding to create a wonderful painting for his grandmother and wants to ask his friend, Hen, to deliver it to her. When Hen drops off the painting to the grandmother, she asks Hen to give Little Bear and kiss from her. While Hen is returning back, she ends up giving the kiss to frog that then passes the kiss to can and all the friends are passing on the kiss from grandmother. The kiss finally reaches Little Bear and the reader finds out that during the passing ...more
Taylor Destito
Sep 30, 2013 Taylor Destito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books

A Kiss For Little Bear is a story about giving back to others. The book begins with Little Bear creating a painting for his grandmother and his friend Hen goes to deliver it for him. His grandmother is so happy with it and asks Hen to give Little Bear a kiss for her. On Hen’s way back to see Little Bear, she ends up passing on the kiss to Frog to give to Little Bear. Frog then passes the kiss on to Cat, and the friends keep passing kisses on until it finally reaches Little Bear. The chain of eve

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Audrey
Sep 22, 2013 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A Kiss For Little Bear tells a fun story about giving. The book begins with Little Bear creating a painting for his grandmother and asking his friend Hen to deliver it for him. His grandmother asks the hen to give Little Bear a kiss for him. On Hen’s way back to see Little Bear, she ends up passing on the kiss to Frog, Frog then passes the kiss on to Cat, and the friends keep passing it on until it finally reaches Little Bear.

The chain of events results in many of Little Bear's friends interact
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Douglas Cootey
Aug 21, 2015 Douglas Cootey rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite book in the entire Little Bear series. From the inside joke of Where the Wild Things Are art to the hen scolding the skunks for kissing too much while Little Bear looks on, the book was simply a delight. I enjoyed the skillful ink renderings, the (once again) creative use of a limited palette of spot colors, and the writing. Else Holmelund Minarik & Maurice Sendak were at their best for their final bow. Even the stage call at the end of the book didn't feel overl ...more
Eva Leger
Jul 10, 2011 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
I had no idea this was part of a series. (My library is lacking in a few areas.) Now that I know I'll have to order the first 4 books since this is apparently the 5th.
We both really liked this little story and I loved the fact that 90% of the words are words Julia already knows how to read and spell.
Enough people have gone over the description of the book so I won't venture there. I will say it's a great book for younger kids learning to read - there are a lot of easy words like 'it', 'is', 'am'
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Andrea Paterson
Jan 22, 2016 Andrea Paterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I read these books with my mom when I was small and they're just as wonderful now as they were 25 years ago. Little Bear is just unbearably sweet and I can now truly appreciate Mother Bear as well who demonstrates patience and ironic detachment when it comes to the antics of her Little Bear. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are beautiful and truly make the stories come to life. I've read a whole bunch of these stories to my son, and he enjoys them, but not as much as I do I think. There's a n ...more
Shelli
One of my all time favorite stories from childhood. One day Little Bear asks Hen to deliver a drawing to his Grandmother. His Grandmother is so pleased, she asks Hen to deliver a kiss to Little Bear to thank him for his thoughtfulness. Hen begrudgingly agrees, but along the way passes the kiss to someone else to deliver. The kiss then continues to get passed along from animal to animal each promising its delivery to Little Bear. Maurice Sendak contributed the most beautiful illustrations to this ...more
Meghan Erena
This circular story is a great choice for a beginning reader. Because the words on the page match very closely to the illustrations, it would be easy for readers to gain clues if they get stumped on a word. The plot itself, with the exception of the last few pages, is predictable and goes in an order that makes sense to the reader. The wedding surprise at the end of the story will also be enjoyable for young readers. I do think young readers would enjoy this story because they can relate to the ...more
Rosa Cline
Jan 21, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This book starts out with Little Bear drawing a favorite picture for his Grandma one of his friends takes the drawing to her for him. Grandma gives her a kiss and through the trip home the kiss gets passed from friend to friend to finally Little Bear. And in the meantime two little skunks decide they will get married and they get married at the end, all because of Little Bears Kiss. This book isn't as 'long' as other Little Bear books so a little easier for younger ones to stay attentive longer.
Joyce
Jan 27, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is supposedly for children aged 4-8 who are learning to read. Well, as a 23 year old, I must say that this book is quite excellent and I'm quite sure that my 4-8 year old self would have enjoyed this book immensely. There is lots and lots of kissing in this book, which is excellent. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are excellent. I am going to be on the lookout to read more books from this Little Bear series because I'm quite sure this book makes me a lot less nasty and negative. Th ...more
Libby
Sep 09, 2014 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I had my six-year-old read to me without him having already had it read to him. He did a great job, and it was a fun story to discover together (if I've read this one before, it's been a LONG time). Little Bear sends a picture to his Grandmother via Hen, and Grandmother sends a kiss back the same way. But Hen gets busy and enlists other animals to help send the kiss along. N.'s favorite part was when Frog was getting Cat's attention to give him the kiss, and mine was when ...more
Andd Becker
Aug 28, 2012 Andd Becker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maurice Sendak illustrated this wonderful book.
Little Bear paints a picture for Grandmother. The hen takes the picture of a wild thing to Grandmother, who gives the hen a kiss to take to Little Bear.
Then the kiss is passsed from hen to frog to cat to skunk. As the kissing goes back and forth from skunk to skunk, Little Bear is pictured peeking over a fence, at the end of the fence, and at the other end of the fence.
Finally the hen takes the kiss and delivers it to Little Bear.
The book ends
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Dolly
Oct 05, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009, art
This is a cute story in the "Little Bear" series. Little Bear draws a picture for his grandmother and uses Hen to deliver it. She is then sent to deliver a kiss to Little bear and the kiss is transferred from one creature to another until it finally gets to Little Bear. The ending is a little disjointed, but it's a sweet book to read aloud with children. I kiss them each time the kiss is passed along.
Saraparham
I love my book which is little bear.I thouth it was wunderful.I like were little bear always wants sopthing to put on.I JUST LOVE IT
Julie Graham 47150
Mar 25, 2012 Julie Graham 47150 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
This is another great story in the Little Bear chapter book series for emergent readers. In this one, Little Bear sends his grandmother a picture that he drew. After Hen delivers it, Grandmother is so pleased that she sends a kiss back to Little Bear. The kisses ends up being passed on from friend to friend and arriving to Little Bear "telephone" style. I thought the ending was sweet. My students, however, thought the ending was funny!
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Else Holmelund Minarik was the author of the Little Bear series of children's books, which were successful as books, and were also made into a successful children's TV series. The Little Bear books sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.

Else Minarik was also the author of another well-known book, No Fighting, No Biting!

She was born in Denmark, and with her family immigrated to the United States
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