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Little Bear (An I Can Read Book) Paperback – January 1, 1978
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This is the first I Can Read Book ever, and the first of five classic Little Bear books, expressly designed for beginning readers. Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak teamed up to create these simple stories that are deeply comforting and lovingly playful. In one story, "Birthday Soup," Little Bear cannot find his mother and presumes she has forgotten his birthday. With the prospect of guests arriving and no cake in sight, he sets out to make birthday soup (all his friends like soup). Just as the gathering is sitting down for soup, Mother Bear shows up with a big, beautiful birthday cake. "I never did forget your birthday, and I never will," she says to her son as he hugs her leg. In "Little Bear Goes to the Moon," Little Bear declares that he will fly to the moon in his new space helmet. Mother Bear tells him to be back by lunch, and he is. The gentle, teasing repartee between Little Bear and his mother will delight young readers, and the spacious layout and large type will encourage them to keep on reading! (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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
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If you have a pre reader who likes more complex stories, or if you are reading it for the 10th time, you will find them very simple and perhaps a little frustrating, but as a way of encouraging your burgeoning new reader they are great
I am also a big fan of the fact that the colours used in the illustrations are muted. it means that your small person is not distracted from the work of reading. These are great books
When I was older, we had an exchange student from Spain, join our family. Her family became part of our family, and we became part of hers. For the last 25 years we have shared in each others lives, and when my parents traveled to Spain this year, I sent this book with them, for her children.
The book is the perfect size for large or small hands. It is in a good font for reading. I liked the softcover for packing and traveling, as well as functionality. It arrived quickly with no issues. I will buy from this vendor again .
The book itself is a great value. Cover art lies directly on a sturdy binding, and this volume contains the complete contents of three books: Little Bear, Little Bear's Friend and Little Bear's Visit. That's twelve stories, with charming illustrations by Maurice Sendak.
Lovely book, terrific value.
I read Little Bear when I was younger and I'm happy to share it with the next generation in our family, and hopefully the generations to come!