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A Kiss for Little Bear (Little Bear #5)

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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 Grand-mother, 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...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1996 by HarperCollins (first published 1968)
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Kathryn
Feb 27, 2012 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Isabella Woodard
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.
Alex
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
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
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...more
Vance Allen
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...more
Joyce
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
Vivian
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...more
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
Rosa Cline
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....more
Audrey
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...more
Taylor Destito

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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Eva Leger
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'...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
Heidi
I love how annoyed the chicken becomes with this entire notion of passing a kiss along. And Sendak's illustrations are fantastic.
Andd Becker
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...more
Diane
Love the sweet, gentle stories with beautiful illustrations. Great first readers.
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
Nicolas
The story is simple, yet surprising funny. Very good.
Weeny
可愛い~~。。 お話が可愛いです、キスをバトンリレーで運ぶお話。読むところはほとんどないけど、癒されすぎるので★5つ。
Chasity
Cute but not our favorite Little Bear book.
Julie Graham 47150
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!
Sabrina Henry
This book is about a little bear who drew a picture for his grandma and gave to it to hen to deliver to her. Grandma then gave hen a kiss to give to the bear; the hen gave the kiss to another animal to be delivered and the kiss kept being passed around...
I like the humor in this book and the simplicity. The story also has a happy ending. This story is a great one to be reenacted by children.
Dolly
Oct 05, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, art, childrens
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.
Liane
Genre: Picture book

Reading Level: Early

Topics & Themes: Animals of the forest.

Curricular Use: Read aloud or shared reading.

Literary Elements: Personification. Circular plot: picture travels from Little Bear to Grandmother, kiss travels back to Little Bear from Grandmother.

Text & Pictures: Interaction. Illustrations only make use of black, white, and green.
Lauri Quist
Little Bear books are "An I CAN READ book". Early readers will enjoy the many adventures of Little Bear's in this series of books. In A Kiss for Little Bear he sends his grandma a picture. She sends back a thank-you kiss that gets passed on to him by many animals, starting and ending with the Hen. The stories are warm and humorous and the illustrations are very detailed.
Leann
My almost-18-month old sat still through this whole book. It's such a sweet story and the illustrations are amazing. They are a little hard to see since they are in black and white, but that's my only complaint. I love the ending! My grandmother used to read it to me and gave me her copy in perfect condition to pass on to my son.
Amara
It's amazing how the images here convey just as much as, if not more than, the words. The characters are all wonderfully expressive, and Sendak's contribution transforms a simple book for helping young children learn to read into a humorous and sweet story that the adult readers can enjoy just as much as their audience.
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Else Holmelund Minarik is 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...more
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