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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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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 |
A Kiss For Little Bear:
A lovely little story of a thank you kiss that is passed from one friend to another in appreciation of a picture that Little Bear has drawn for Grandmother Bear & asked Hen to deliver to her. She in turn sends him back the thank you kiss via Hen, who passes it on to Cat, who in turn passes it on to Little Skunk who gives it to a sweet little girl skunk who gives it back, and it eventually is returned to Hen & finally to Little Bear. This is a delightful story. And in the the end wedded bliss for the little skunks. :-) 4 1/2 stars. ( )
2 vote rainpebble | Jul 6, 2013 |
First published in 1968, this fifth and final early reader devoted to the childhood adventures of Little Bear opens as its eponymous ursine hero is painting a picture - one depicting a monster who looks quite a bit like one of the Wild Things from illustrator Maurice Sendak's own classic picture-book, Where the Wild Things Are - for his grandmother. Giving the painting into the keeping of his friend Hen, Little Bear asks her to take it to Grandmother Bear, which she faithfully does, receiving a kiss for Little Bear in return. Slightly less faithful in this second delivery, Hen gives the kiss to Frog, who in turn gives it to Cat, setting off a chain that eventually leads back to: Little Bear!

Unlike the four previous books in this series - Little Bear, Father Bear Comes Home, Little Bear's Friend, and Little Bear's Visit - which each contained four brief stories or chapters, A Kiss for Little Bear contains one single story. It is a sweet tale, highlighting the love between grandson and grandmother, and concluding with an amusing wedding that is brought about by the passing of Little Bear's kiss. Sendak's artwork here is top-notch, with many little expressive details. I loved some of the facial expressions, from Hen's much-put-upon disgruntlement at being made a messenger, to Skunk's outraged visage when confronted with Little Bear kissing his bride! All in all, another lovely Little Bear book, one I would recommend to all beginning readers, as well as to fans of Maurice Sendak's work. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 17, 2013 |
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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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