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Publication Date: 1984
Series: I Can Read!
Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss.
How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will delight children just learning to read.
Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, the creators of the first Little Bear book for beginning readers, once again blend their extraordinary talents in a tender story filled with warmth and laughter.
This beloved classic is an ALA Notable Children's Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.
Else Holmelund Minarik first introduced readers to her timeless character in the classic Little Bear. Publication of this book, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, launched the I Can Read series. This much-loved author continues to write stories for children at her home in North Carolina.
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.
He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.
truthBtold1 Stars Out Of 5I don't recommend as a Christian book for kids.August 6, 2012truthBtoldThis book left me with an erie feeling. It is inappropriate for children ages 4-6. The first thing my child said is that the picture Little Bear drew is scary. Why would he be sending a devil picture to his grandmother? Although they got married, the repeated skunk kissing was an adult theme. Children need help finding other things to do if they think they should be kissing each other repeatedly, and need to know to tell someone it if an adult is kissing them. It also is irresponsible in regards to communicable diseases. I absolutely do not recommend this as a Christian book for kids.