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Little Bear's Friend (1960)

by Else Holmelund Minarik

Other authors: Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

Series: Little Bear (3), I Can Read Books (Level 1)

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Little Bear establishes a new friendship with Emily throughout the summer. When Emily leaves at the end of the summer Little Bear writes her a letter to stay in touch. This book is wonderful for new readers because it addresses learning to read and write along with learning how to make friends. The animals provide diversity amongst the main characters, similar to the diversity in the human race. In my own personal opinion, this book warms the heart because of it's charm and innocence. This book would be good for a beginning reader or for a parent or educator to read aloud to the class. ( )
  natalienichols | Mar 4, 2014 |
Little Bear makes a human friend in this third early reader devoted to his adventures, discovering that allowing new people into one's life can bring both pleasure and sorrow. Like its two predecessors, Little Bear and Father Bear Comes Home, there are four brief stories presented here, beginning with Little Bear and Emily, in which little bear and little girl first meet and become friends. Duck, Baby Sitter sees the two meeting up with Little Bear's anatine friend, on their way to a party; while The Party at Owl's House sees Emily and her doll Lucy being introduced to Little Bear's circle of friends. All things must come to an end, and in Your Friend, Little Bear, our young ursine hero is distraught when Emily must leave at the end of the summer, but comforted by the knowledge that he can keep in touch with her through letter-writing.

First published in 1960, Little Bear's Friend was, together with its four companion volumes, an important part of my childhood library, and I can recall curling up with it on numerous occasions. Text and artwork - supplied by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, respectively - work together seamlessly in these stories, drawing the young readers in to a fully realized world, one in which the child perspective is treated with respect and depicted with sympathy. As is the case with all of the Little Bear books, I loved the interaction between Little Bear and Mother Bear here - the teasing dialogue and underlying affection - as well as the immensely expressive artwork. Little Bear looks a little softer to me here, for some reason - a little cuter than in the previous two, perhaps? - but his facial expressions are still as droll and winsome as ever!

All in all, a lovely little book, one that I would strongly recommend to beginning readers looking for real stories, rather than reading exercises disguised as stories. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 17, 2013 |
Little Bear and his friends model good manners, kindness, and helpfulness. This book would be good for guided reading, and children who have mastered it will be proud to read it to others.
  hcurrey | Jan 21, 2013 |
In this book we meet Emily, Little Bear's friend. Plus everyone else is here too: Duck, Hen, Cat... ( )
  Mikelodeon | Aug 26, 2012 |
This is about when little bear met Lucy ( )
  dbhutch | Apr 15, 2010 |
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Little Bear meets Emily, a human girl, and her doll. 'Once again Little Bear proves himself to be as wistful and tender a little creature as exists in the child's library.' -- K.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:09 -0400)

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"One summer Little Bear makes friends with a girl named Emily. But when summer ends, Emily must leave. Little Bear is very sad--until he finds a way to stay close to his new friend even when she is far away!"--P. [4] of cover.

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