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
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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 PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved