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Little Bear


 On Sale: 01/01/1957
 Formats:     Hardback | Paperback | Other
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Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday.

This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains as beloved today as it was then. An ALA Notable Children's Book, this Level One I Can Read is full of warm and lovingly playful stories that are perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Book Description

Enter the world of Little Bear. Children will be entranced by Little Bear's trip to the moon, his birthday party, and his wishes and adventures.

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 warm, tender illustrations has made this beloved character an enduring favorite among beginning readers.


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Awards for Little Bear

  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
Critical Praise for Little Bear

"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."
— Virginia Haviland, Reader's Advisor for Children, Boston Public Library

ISBN: 9780060242404; ISBN10: 006024240X; Imprint: HarperCollins ; On Sale: 01/01/1957; Format: Hardback; Trimsize: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; Pages: 64; $21.00; Ages: 4 to 8; BISAC1:JUV043000; BISAC2:JUV002030; BISAC3:JUV013000

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