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Little Bear

Such a good book series. By Else Holmelund Minarek, illustrations by Maurice Sendak. About a young cub yearning for his absent father.

The first book in the series was published in 1957, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Initially, the stories were simple, but eventually became more sophisticated in subsequent books as the plot and characters expanded.

The first four Little Bear books consist of four stories, each of which involves Little Bear and a slowly expanding cast of support characters, each named after their respective species. The Little Bear character and his immediate family display many bear-like characteristics and mannerisms, but only on occasion.This series of books went on to spawn a TV series, Little Bear, including specials and a "feature length" direct-to-video release, the movie entitled The Little Bear Movie. I love this series and feel like it belongs on my children's bookshelf.