stubborn, zlatehbutts, frustrated

Happy Birthday, Little Bear!

I am stunned. Last night at work at Borders I was looking at my "action list," and I believe now I probably misread "The Cat in the Hat" 50th anniversary edition and "Little Bear" as "Little Bear" 50th anniversary edition. But it's true. "Little Bear" is 50 years old!

An examination of the web sites of HarperCollins and of the Rosenbach Museum & Library yields nothing except a press release acknowledging this fact, and a small graphic.
Happy Birthday, Little Bear
Why isn't this a bigger deal? It was the first book of the golden standard of modern readers, the "I Can Read" series, and it's a timeless classic of simple story-telling and Sendak's illustration. Is it being overshadowed by "The Cat in the Hat"'s anniversary?

OTOH, some of my coworkers, some of whom were not young, showed no recognition of the title, or only remembered the television series based on the book. 'Were they raised by wolves?' I thought.

This entry describes some of my first memories of reading and of "Little Bear." (The book in question was "Little Bear's Visit." I often went to visit my paternal grandparents, so the story seemed relevant to me.) The first of the series that I remember being read to me was "Little Bear's Friend."
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Perhaps I liked it best because of its involving a doll, a tree, a pen, and a human girl, Emily. Little Bear's saying goodbye to Emily at the end of their idyllic summer of friendship broke my heart, more than the death of Bambi's mother ever could. When my mother read the first, original book to me, I remember being slightly afraid of Mother Bear's sly facial expression over Little Bear's shoulder when she's playing along and pretending that he's a visitor from outer space. (I'll post some images when I have access to a scanner.)

Looking at, it seems that the books were redone by an illustrator other than Sendak, which seems like sacrelige to me. Ugh. They're certainly not popular just for the stories. I thought the animated tv series was pretty good. There was a tie-in toy, a talking Little Bear doll. Little Bear But then there was another tv tie-in stuffed bear. He had eyebrows which made him look kind of creepy.

Anyway, let's celebrate "Little Bear," please. Read the series to your children, and make the books part of your personal library if they aren't.
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Mail Time! and Children's Literature :o)

Needed to go to the Post Office today ... I haven't been to the Post Office
since before they changed the rate of the postage.

I found out they have new stamps of Favorite Children's Book Animals
that are the new postage rate of $ 0.39. So we bought some of those ...
Jessica wants some of them for her. *grins and laughs*

I tried to explain to her that we need to use them to mail stuff.

The stamps are pretty fun ...

The books the animals come from are the following:

Where the Wild Things Are
By: Maurice Sendak

Charlotte's Web
By: E.B. White
Illustrated by: Garth Williams

By: Leo Lionni

Curious George Flies a Kite
By: Margret and H.A. Rey

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By: Eric Carle

Fox in Socks
By: Dr. Seuss

Maisy's ABC
By: Lucy Cousins

By: Ian Falconer


We of course have a copy of the book "Where the Wild Things Are." The animal from this book is one of the well known monsters that have had stuffed toys made with this animal image, etc. We have read many of the books by Leo Lionni as they have so many books by him in the Public Library's Children's sections typically. And of course they have an image of Curious George :o)

I think that Curious George is probably one of the most popular animals from classic Children's Literature. It seems that just about everyone young and old knows who Curious George is. And of course Curious George books as board books are about as popular as the versions of Dr. Seuss books and books by P.D. Eastman that have been revamped into board books for a new generation :o)

And I am very familiar with the Caterpillar from "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" as board books by Eric Carle are very popular in Public Libraries and collections of board books at most stores that sell board books. The animal from "Charlotte's Web" is of course the original image of Wilbur (the pig) illustrated by Garth Williams in the original book by E.B. White.

I am not that familiar with the books for the characters of the Fox from "Fox in Socks", Maisy and Olivia. I have of course heard of Maisy and Olivia. However, when I've read books with these characters ... I personally was jut not very impressed by the quality of the Literature.

I think I may be biased from the class I took years ago now for Children's Literature as a part of the Elementary Education degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I suppose when they made it a point of telling us how many children's books are written every year and published and that not all of it was quality ... I made it a point of always being very critical in my assessment of Children's Literature.

Of course now that I am a Mother I am even more critical than I was when I was just collecting Literature for a classroom. I think the problem is that every year there is even more great Children's Literature that is published by amazing authors like Doreen Cronin and others.

And so since we already have a fairly large library of books for my two children I am weeding out some of the ones I purchased years ago with the intent of using for a classroom.

Cross posted to kiddie_lit :o)
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in the calvin over the hobbes

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hi! i used to be foxinthesnow, and i didn't even really remember that this community was around. i am still very interested in children's books, and i think i will try to post in here at least weekly. i've been very busy these past couple years with work and life and whatnot. but i'm really happy to see that some of you still bother to post here! really, that's great.

recently, i've been collecting newer children's books with illustration styles from the 50's and 60's. i'm also really interested in comic book anthologies for children. here are two examples of books i have recently acquired:

hello, robots by bob staake

little lit collections edited by art spiegelman and francoise mouly
(featuring neil gaiman, j. otto siebold, lemony snicket,
maurice sekdak, crockett johnson, kaz, daniel clowes, chris ware, etc.)

i highly recommend both.

also, speaking of maurice sendak, he was recently on npr. audio from the show can be found here.

thanks for sticking around, guys!

bookworm BABY

My daughter's loved Pooh books since she was born [she's now 8 months]. And Goodnight Moon.

at one month

She loves Sesame Street and Elmo. I was wondering if anyone knew of any good Elmo/Sesame Street books?
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Just found this Community

I just found this Community today when I was searching interests for a new Community I created today.

I didn't realize this Community existed. Though it looks like it used to get a lot more activity years ago when it was first created.

I am a 34 year old Mother of two children. I and my children love Children's Literature. My Children are 3 and 4 years old so they are mainly "reading" Picture Books at this time. Though they also enjoy having me read some of the Chapter Books to them.

Some of their Favorite books are:

Dim Sum for Everyone
By: Grace Lin

Once Upon a Golden Apple
By: Jean Little

By: Bruce Degen

A Treeful of Pigs
By: Arnold Lobel

Duck for President
By: Doreen Cronin

They actually love all the books by Grace Lin and Doreen Cronin. We actually own all the books by Doreen Cronin.

Doreen Cronin has written:

Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
and Duck for President

for anyone that is not familiar with this author.
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Can someone here tell me the moral of The Giving Tree. I mean, I read it a lot as a child, and I think it was pretty influential. But after thinking about it, I don't really know what the point is supposed to be. Can you help me out?


I am new to this community, and would just like to say hello. I would also like to say this book makes my heart smile.
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