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Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
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Little Bear (original 1957; edition 1985)

by Else Holmelund Minarik

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Title:Little Bear
Authors:Else Holmelund Minarik
Info:Trophy Pr (1985), Edition: 1, Paperback, 63 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Bears, birthday, moon

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The four sweet, humorous and thoughtful stories truly deserve their status as a classic of children's literature. Minarik's warm, witty stories pair beautifully with Sendak's charming illustrations and are ideal for beginning readers. ( )
  crunchymunchkin | Apr 23, 2015 |
The costumes and art might be old-fashioned, but the charm is timeless. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This first Little Bear book was unexpectedly basic-dickandjaney--we are exhorted to "see the snow" THREE times on the first page--and so I dunno if Elsa Holmelund Minarik decided to re-target her series at an older audience with Little Bear's Friend or what, but that story is more engaging and this one is very slow (though at least Little Bear doesn't cry at everything like his human alter ego Caillou). ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Jan 20, 2015 |
This is the first I Can Read Book ever. A collection of stories about little bear that are relatable to students. Good for first grade and up/
  bzittlosen | Dec 17, 2014 |
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  BRCSBooks | Sep 18, 2014 |
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Little Bear is remarkably like a typical 4-6 year old. The stories in the book can be read on their own, or as chapters of a larger book with the final chapter tying them together. I don't like that Mother Bear tells Little Bear that he can't have his big wishes, but he can have the last wish because "it's just a little wish". The stories have enough repetition that it feels longer while still being fairly simple to read, making it a good one to practice reading fluency.
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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)

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Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.

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