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Little Bear's Valentine (Maurice Sendak's Little Bear) Board book – November 26, 2002

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-K. Little Bear finds a secret valentine in his mailbox, so he visits each of his friends, Emily, Owl, Duck, and Hen, to see who sent it. He returns home, finds them all gathered around his mother's table for valentine cookies, and discovers that his secret admirer is much closer to home. Having been "based on the animated television series" that is based on Minarik's Little Bear character, this certainly hasn't the flair of the original books. Still, young children will enjoy the simple Valentine's Day story, and Green's pretty, Sendak-inspired depiction of the charming, rather sweet, and more colorful world that Little Bear now inhabits. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694017124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694017126
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book bears Maurice Sendak's name, but in truth it was illustrated by Heather Green, and written by Else Holmelund Minarik. The book is based off the show Little Bear, and although the illustrations are different, the writing feels the same as the show.

Little Bear finds a valentine in the mailbox from a secret admirer, and wonders all day who, and where it came from. After delivering all his valentines he still doesn't have a clue who gave him the special valentine. When he arrives home, he discovers that his mother throws him a surprise dinner with all his friends, and announces that she was his secret admirer. The illustration are soft and muted with lots of neutrals: beiges, browns, light greens, and blue. It feels and looks like winter, and in the end it make you all cozy inside. I love reading this book to my son, and he loved the surprise at the end. Mostly appropriate for children 3 to 7 years.
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