Little Bear (I Can Read Book Series: A Level 1 Book)

Little Bear (I Can Read Book Series: A Level 1 Book)


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Celebrate the timeless warmth of a mother's love with the very first ever I Can Read book.

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday.

This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains as beloved today as it was then. An ALA Notable Children's Book, this Level One I Can Read is full of warm and lovingly playful stories that are perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064440042
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/18/2003
Series: Little Bear Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 14,810
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

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’s children’s books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.

Table of Contents

What Will Little Bear Wear?11
Birthday Soup22
Little Bear Goes to the Moon36
Little Bear's Wish50

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Little Bear Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Jdonldsn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic and one of the earliest memories of my mom reading to me. This soothing book is perfect for beginning readers.Classroom Use: Think about the sequence of events and make a numbered chart to see how the story was formed.
kyoder06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Modern Fantasy Age Appropriateness: primaryMedia: pen and inkThis book is a good chapter book for early readers. It follows the story of little bear who goes on all kinds of adventures with his imagination. Since he is a bear this makes the story a modern fantasy since bears can¿t talk, make snowballs, or make soup. It is still a great book for kids and it is easy to fall in love with little bear.
Bholcomb86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This literary work would be an appropriate read aloud book for Kindergarten students. Little Bear is the main literary figure, and students can learn from Litte Bear's adventures. The author uses general vocabulary, and Little Bear's activities would accommodate the reading interests of Kindergarten students.
tallindian2007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my first books that helped me learn to read. The book that I currently possess was my grandmother, mother, and now belongs to me. This book allows children the ability to build their own imagination, as well as real life understandings. This book is about a little bear and many different adventures that he has to go through. The first story is about what the sensation of cold is. He second story is about Little Bear's birthday soup. All of his friends bring something for the birthday soup, but he though his mother forgot about him and his birthday. She later brings in a cake and he is happy that she did not forget about his birthday. The third story about little wanting to go to the moon.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An adorable book, dreamy and clever. The stories are simple and rich, with a focus on creativity, mama is always sewing or reading, little bear has only his creativity, and the outdoors. I love the illustrations from the birthday party, and I love the simple gifts the guests bring. Enchanting, inspiring. Can inspire a moon trip, birthday soup, or talking about cold.
fullerl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A set of gentle stories about Little Bear. In this book, Little Bear prepares birthday soup for his friends thinking his mother must have forgotten his birthday. Of course his mother had not forgotten and everyone ends up happy with soup and cake to celebrate. Also in this book Little Bear decides to take a trip to the moon in his new space helmet. The relationship between Little Bear and his mother is charming and stories are interesting with simple yet engaging illustrations. The text is easy enough for readers who are just starting out, while the 'chapter book' quality of this book makes them feel quite grown up.
cshupp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love little bear. I remember reading the books with my grandma when I was little and watching the cartoon. I have always loved the story lines. Little Bear was always such an interesting character to me because he encountered tough moral situations but handled in a child's way, but I don't think I caught onto it until I was much older.
silversurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read it to my little nephew and he loved it, now wants the whole set..KIDS!!
savannah.julian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute, short and simple chapter book about a little bear. It has four chapters in total that I think is a great introduction because although the chapters seem like separate stories they all tie into each other in the last chapter creating a well rounded story.
smilz23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are 4 stories included in this book about Little Bear. Little Bear must overcome some obstacles in order to have a fun birthday. He also uses his imagination to take a trip to the moon. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak enhance the story by adding to the text.Classroom connections: In addition to being an easy reading book for beginning readers, this book could also be used to encourage imagination. Little Bear has no TV or video games and yet he finds plenty to keep himself busy.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
You might be familiar with the Little Bear series on PBS and Nick Jr. It is a charming television series for young children, but it is not nearly as charming as the books upon which it was based.  The first Little Bear book is properly titled "Little Bear". In it we are first introduced to delightful bear who wants to play outside, but fears it will be too cold, so he puts on a hat...and is still cold. And so it goes until the little bears is bundled up, still cold, and realizes (with the help of his mother) that he needs a fur coat, which, fortunately, he has.  The illustrations are by the incomparable Maurice Sendak, so they probably need no selling. Although, I will say, for those who may find the drawings of his children in other books impish or slightly sinister, there is nothing sinister about the darling little bear. He is perfectly rendered.
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A friend's mother gave this book to my son 37 years ago. She told me at the time that someone had given it to her children and they loved it so she wanted my son and me to have the same experience. I had always given it to my friends when they had new babies and now I am giving it to their grandchildren!I always follow through by giving the entire series to each child. All my children loved Little Bear and I did too!
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Pam2009 More than 1 year ago
My daughter is required to read nightly. This book is perfect for 1st graders. It challenges them and has an interesting story line.
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Lemur2004 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that my almost five-year old daughter and I can read together. She feels great about being able to read many of the words, and I use it to teach her to sound out the more difficult ones.
Carolee_N More than 1 year ago
My son adores this book- he loves to follow along with the story as the CD plays. He enjoys the stories themselves and the process. I enjoy that it's engaging him in reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old daughter adores Little Bear. The stories are sweet and wholesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grand-kids love Books. This is one they really like.
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As another review mentioned, this book brings back warm fuzzy memories of my childhood! I am so happy to find it again & intend to share it with the little kids in my life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book as a child, and when I happened upon it again as an adult, I broke into tears. I will never forget how much of an escape it was 'even before I could read' to look into the life of this precocious little bear. Please read this with your children.