Little Bear (Little Bear #1)
This is the first of the five classic books about Little Bear, introducing the funny and strikingly childlike bear cub and his friends. The combination of Else Holmelund Minarik's simple, yet eloquent, stories and Maurice Sendak's...more
Jan 2012 update: Our youngest brought this book home from her first grade class as part of her reading homework. It wasn't much of a challenge for her, but we all enjoyed reading it togeth...more
Birthday soup will remain part of my inner child forever.
Me: "So how would you get to the moon?"
Entering first grade student: "Well, I would take the bus to the end of the line and get a transfer to the moon."
Only in San Francisco! :)
Julia's liked the Little Bear cartoons since she started watching t.v. way back when. I find the books far more boring than the cartoons. Julia says she wasn't bored with this but I could see her starting to get antsy. If it had gone on much longer I think she'd have started losing interest.
It's just so repetitive. I know repetitive books make great learning tools, trust me, I use them myself. But not every book has to repeat the same thing over and over and over a...more
This is definitely an easy-to-read book. There is nothing but simple words and repetition. Each chapter seems to have a...more
The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are outstanding.
Mother Bear and Little Bear could be any mother and any child conversing about ordinary things such as what to wear; what to make on one's birthday; taking an imaginary trip to the moon; making wishes that will not come true (sit on cloud/fly; find Viking boat; find tunnel to China; go to a castle, in a big red car); an...more
Little Bear (Little Bear #1) by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak is a chapter book with 4 simple stories. The 4 chapters are: 1) What will Little Bear Wear?; 2)Birthday Soup; 3) Little Bear Goes to...more
It is a great first chap...more
This little bear family is very traditional. Mama stays home. Little Bear can go out and play in the woods, but he does not go very far, and his mother's voice calls him in when it is time to eat. Father Bear goes to work...more
"Then I wish," said Little Bear, "a Mother Bear would come to me and say, 'Would you like to hear a story?'"
"Well," said Mother Bear, "maybe you can have that wish. That is just a little wish."
"Thank you , Mother," said Little Bear. "That is what I really wanted all the time."
"What kind of story would you like to hear?" said Mother Bear.
"Tell me about me," said Little Bear. "Tell me about things I once did."
I'm not exactly sure what it was that I loved so much about it, because it's not exactly an exciting story. I recall the illustrations as being somewhat melancholy, but maybe that was my take on them. I also remembering thinking it was sad that mother bear didn't tell him straight away that she had a party planned ... Maybe that's why I liked it. I really empathized with Little Bear.
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