Little Bear’s Friend
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One summer Little Bear makes friends with a girl named Emily. But when summer ends, Emily must leave. (I Can Read Level 1)
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!
About the Author & Illustrator:
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.
Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children’s literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak’s work “has brought a new dimension to the American children’s book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood.” Parenting recently described Sendak as “indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children’s books.”
Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, in 1970 Sendak became the first American illustrator to receive the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, given in recognition of his entire body of work. In 1983, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, also given for his entire body of work. Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn in 1928. He now lives in Connecticut. Learn more about him here.
A Few Reviews:
“My son and I enjoy reading these together. I love that they are longer books broken into chapters so there are easy stopping points where we can pick up reading later. I bought all the Little Bear books because of this. I do wish they had more stories and at different reading levels with the same characters.”
“My granddaughter and I loved this book. I taught in the early elementary grades for over 30 years and always found that the children loved the Little Bear books. Katie read the book to me and occasionally turned to me with a smile to make a comment about what was happening in the story. Although she can read more challenging text, I think she enjoyed reading at this level which enabled her to be more expressive. Time magazine recently rated the best children’s books and included the Little Bear books in their list. I’ve read the stories over and over again and listened to children read them and have never lost my enjoyment in them.”
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