In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readersthey could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parishs Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hobans books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoffs popular Danny and the Dinosaur.
Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked - Little Bear, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and Daniels Duck by Clyde Bulla, to name a few - and all are enjoyed by children of all ages. Preschool - Grade 1. Here are four stories about Little Bear and his mother, who is always there when Little Bear needs her.
Beginning readers will feel a great sense of accomplishment reading each story by themselves, and will enjoy Little Bears adventures - flying to the moon, making birthday soup, and wishing for the impossible. Minarik, formerly a first-grade teacher, has captured the essence of little children perfectly in this funny, warm, and tender classic.