Review: Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak’s “Little Bear”

by writereaderly

A kids’ classic from 1957 I had missed out on. Little Bear has adventures and “Mother Bear is always there”, according to the blurb. I wasn’t so taken by the four stories – moderately cute but not as sprightly and cheeky as modern books – but I did enjoy the emotional range of the illustrations. How does one make an adult bear in a dress look patient but long-suffering? Or a small one look nervous at carrying four bowls of Birthday Soup at once? It’s all in the eyes, folks, nothing like skilful anthropomorphosis. Not bad but better if they got you young.

Where it came from: KS
Time and manner of reading: Bed-read x1
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of: —
Who I’d recommend it to:
More for nostalgic adults than real kiddies
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch; Selected Essays by George Orwell; So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ; Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks; Picturing Canada by Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman (just the images)