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A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund…

A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)

by Else Holmelund Minarik

Other authors: Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

Series: Little Bear (5), I Can Read Books (Level 1)

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I enjoyed this book because of the pattern and organization of the langugae. The book is sequencial and includes patterned language for the majority of the book until the end of story. In the story Little Bear's Grandmother asks the Hen to deliever Little Bear a kiss. The Hen continues to ask another animal to deliever the kiss to Little Bear, and the pattern of asking a different animal to deliever the kiss continues. This consistent pattern facilitates early readers ability to read the book, because they may catch on to the pattern and understand the only new words in the story will be the different animals introduced. The different animals mentioned in the story have different attributes and mannerisms, teaching children different characteristics of animals. I believe the main message of this story is to trust in your friends and divide big tasks amongst a group of people, just as Hen did when he was asked to deliever the kiss to Little Bear. ( )
  lhanso1 | Apr 17, 2015 |
I hope the Little Bear easy readers stay in print. Imo, the sweet family love they portray will never be 'dated.' ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This story is very simple but it is very cute. Little bear send a kiss to his grandma but the kiss loses its way.
  jdhaynes | Feb 13, 2015 |
A Kiss for Little Bear
“A Kiss for Little Bear” by Elsie Holmelund Minarik is another classic. The writing is engaging and well organized. The story begins by Little Bear drawing a picture and wanting to send it to his Grandmother. As a thank you for the picture, Grandmother wants to send a kiss back to Little Bear. The plot is organized with the book being sequenced with the kiss being passed from hen, to frog, to cat, to skunk, back to hen and finally arrives to Little Bear. Although the text on each page is simple, the illustrations enrich the detail of the story. For example, “She was very pretty. He gave the kiss to her. And she gave it back” is the text when the skunks receive Little Bear’s kiss; however, the pictures are earth tones and Maurice Sendak (the illustrator) provides great expressions on the characters faces and includes great details that evoke feelings. Ironically, the picture that Little Bear drew in the very beginning of the book is a monster. The monster resembles the monsters in “Where the Wild Things Are”, young readers may or may not notice this. It would be a great opportunity to explain that both books have the same illustrator! On the following page when Hen comes back and says “too much kissing” Hen’s face looks very frustrated! The big idea is to tell of the travels of Little Bear’s kiss! ( )
  areyno5 | Nov 12, 2014 |
  BRCSBooks | Sep 16, 2014 |
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"This picture makes me happy," said Little Bear.
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Grandmother likes Little Bear's picture so much she sends him a thank you kiss. "Will you take it to him, Hen?" she says. Hen passes the kiss to Frog who passes it to Cat who passes it to Little Skunk until Hen decides there is too much kissing -- and finally gives the kiss to the Little Bear.

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Little Bear's thank-you kiss from grandmother gets passed on to him by many animals and greatly aids the skunks' romance.

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