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Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss. How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will d Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss. How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will delight children just learning to read. Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, the creators of the first Little Bear book for beginning readers, once again blend their extraordinary talents in a tender story filled with warmth and laughter. This beloved classic is an ALA Notable Children's Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.


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Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss. How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will d Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss. How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will delight children just learning to read. Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, the creators of the first Little Bear book for beginning readers, once again blend their extraordinary talents in a tender story filled with warmth and laughter. This beloved classic is an ALA Notable Children's Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

30 review for A Kiss for Little Bear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    [Book #26 for my grad school Children's Lit class] [Book #26 for my grad school Children's Lit class]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    99.9% I read this book as a small boy - how nice to find an old friend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Love this book! I hadn't read any of the Little Bear books in ages (maybe since I was a kid?) but now I want to read the entire series. I just loved the fun, the humor, the easy flow of the story and the beautiful illustrations that are at once so accurate in portraying animals looking like real animals yet also with the most telling expressions. Oh, gosh! The exasperated expressions on the animals just cracked me up. This is at once a very sweet, very funny story that can be appreciated on many Love this book! I hadn't read any of the Little Bear books in ages (maybe since I was a kid?) but now I want to read the entire series. I just loved the fun, the humor, the easy flow of the story and the beautiful illustrations that are at once so accurate in portraying animals looking like real animals yet also with the most telling expressions. Oh, gosh! The exasperated expressions on the animals just cracked me up. This is at once a very sweet, very funny story that can be appreciated on many levels. I think children will enjoy seeing how the "traveling kiss" unfolds, and parents will have an extra knowing nod to other aspects, like the speedy romance, and the interesting illustration Bear draws for his grandmother ;-) No wonder the Little Bear series is a classic. Highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    My favorite of the "Little Bear" series, it's actually the least sentimental despite the title. Follow the kiss's journey from Little Bear's grandmother back to Little Bear, as the animals are ultimately too lazy or distracted to do it themselves. Hen is downright hilarious: "Too much kissing!" The drawings are surprisingly straightforward (yet still marvelously detailed) for Maurice Sendak. Youngsters will love the realistic animals, possibly even kissing them when appropriate. (My son LOVES ki My favorite of the "Little Bear" series, it's actually the least sentimental despite the title. Follow the kiss's journey from Little Bear's grandmother back to Little Bear, as the animals are ultimately too lazy or distracted to do it themselves. Hen is downright hilarious: "Too much kissing!" The drawings are surprisingly straightforward (yet still marvelously detailed) for Maurice Sendak. Youngsters will love the realistic animals, possibly even kissing them when appropriate. (My son LOVES kissing.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    First published in 1968, this fifth and final early reader devoted to the childhood adventures of Little Bear opens as its eponymous ursine hero is painting a picture - one depicting a monster who looks quite a bit like one of the Wild Things from illustrator Maurice Sendak's own classic picture-book, Where the Wild Things Are - for his grandmother. Giving the painting into the keeping of his friend Hen, Little Bear asks her to take it to Grandmother Bear, which she faithfully does, receivin First published in 1968, this fifth and final early reader devoted to the childhood adventures of Little Bear opens as its eponymous ursine hero is painting a picture - one depicting a monster who looks quite a bit like one of the Wild Things from illustrator Maurice Sendak's own classic picture-book, Where the Wild Things Are - for his grandmother. Giving the painting into the keeping of his friend Hen, Little Bear asks her to take it to Grandmother Bear, which she faithfully does, receiving a kiss for Little Bear in return. Slightly less faithful in this second delivery, Hen gives the kiss to Frog, who in turn gives it to Cat, setting off a chain that eventually leads back to: Little Bear! Unlike the four previous books in this series - Little Bear , Father Bear Comes Home , Little Bear's Friend , and Little Bear's Visit - which each contained four brief stories or chapters, A Kiss for Little Bear contains one single story. It is a sweet tale, highlighting the love between grandson and grandmother, and concluding with an amusing wedding that is brought about by the passing of Little Bear's kiss. Sendak's artwork here is top-notch, with many little expressive details. I loved some of the facial expressions, from Hen's much-put-upon disgruntlement at being made a messenger, to Skunk's outraged visage when confronted with Little Bear kissing his bride! All in all, another lovely Little Bear book, one I would recommend to all beginning readers, as well as to fans of Maurice Sendak's work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This was the first book I ever read aloud, age two, in the bookshop. I still have that very copy. I just reread it today and it's still so adorable and sweet. Highly recommended for any human regardless of age. :) This was the first book I ever read aloud, age two, in the bookshop. I still have that very copy. I just reread it today and it's still so adorable and sweet. Highly recommended for any human regardless of age. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    [image error] I ran across this book recently. It was part of a BookCrossing book ring box I created back in 2003. I passed it around a group of book friends. The friends read the books in the box with their children, signed the books, and mailed them on to the next family. Happy memories. [image error] I ran across this book recently. It was part of a BookCrossing book ring box I created back in 2003. I passed it around a group of book friends. The friends read the books in the box with their children, signed the books, and mailed them on to the next family. Happy memories.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elijah Libert

    I liked that when Little Bear told Hen to give the painting to his Granny, and the Granny gave a kiss to Hen to give to Little Bear, but the Hen did not do it, he was too lazy to do it. At the end, Hen came back and said, "Hey you are not suppose to give that kiss to that guy." And then Hen learned his lesson not to be lazy. I liked that when Little Bear told Hen to give the painting to his Granny, and the Granny gave a kiss to Hen to give to Little Bear, but the Hen did not do it, he was too lazy to do it. At the end, Hen came back and said, "Hey you are not suppose to give that kiss to that guy." And then Hen learned his lesson not to be lazy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Woodard

    Baby bear made a picture for his grandmother and the skunks married each other because they loved each other so much and the boy skunk was supposed to be giving the picture to Little Bear's grandmother. There were really nice pictures in the book. Baby bear made a picture for his grandmother and the skunks married each other because they loved each other so much and the boy skunk was supposed to be giving the picture to Little Bear's grandmother. There were really nice pictures in the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reading with my nephew again. Of course he loved it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    The art is delightful with a soft color palette and animals that look very much like animals even though they behave like humans. I suspect that any child who likes Sendak's Wild Things will like the picture little bear draws for his grandmother. The story doesn't flow as smoothly as some of the other books in this series, and the wedding at the end could have been eliminated. I do like the idea of The art is delightful with a soft color palette and animals that look very much like animals even though they behave like humans. I suspect that any child who likes Sendak's Wild Things will like the picture little bear draws for his grandmother. The story doesn't flow as smoothly as some of the other books in this series, and the wedding at the end could have been eliminated. I do like the idea of

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cam

    Cute book for beginner readers.... this book had my 6 yr old laughing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    LOVE this book. Illustrations are fantastic. So is the story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas & Megan Clinch

    Loved reading this aloud page by page as our 7 yr old translated by reading his English copy. 🐾

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    My son seems to have fallen in love with the Little Bear Books. There was one in a box set we purchased last year and since that time he has bought himself a few more and read the rest from the library. But of all the little bear books this is the one he picks up most often to read, after as an extra after doing our normal reading for the day. But my son has shown no interest in other books by Else Holmelund Minarik when I have pointed them out at the library or the book store. Unlike book 1 in t My son seems to have fallen in love with the Little Bear Books. There was one in a box set we purchased last year and since that time he has bought himself a few more and read the rest from the library. But of all the little bear books this is the one he picks up most often to read, after as an extra after doing our normal reading for the day. But my son has shown no interest in other books by Else Holmelund Minarik when I have pointed them out at the library or the book store. Unlike book 1 in this series this is a single story. As opposed to four separate stories each in their own chapter. But we also meet so many other characters that are not in the other stories. My son loves that the kiss keeps getting passed back and forth until it gets from Grandma to Little Bear. He also loved that Hen said no to a return kiss because it is so complicated. But the kiss does lead to a wedding and Little Bear and all his friends get dressed up for the occasion. Any book that my children like to read over and over again is a winner in my books, especially since we are now at the point where my son can read this whole book to be. The little bear stories are really fun. These books are geared for young readers ages 4-8 buy can be enjoyed by younger and older readers. In fact I have read this even with my tween and she thought the story was fun. The illustrations by Sendak are amazing and my son loves going over them again and again. They are good wholesome stories. I can really appreciate the sentiment in these books. I remember having read these book to my youngest brother many year ago and they are just as entertaining today. A wonderful book in a great series! Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other little bear books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    My son seems to have fallen in love with the Little Bear Books. There was one in a box set we purchased last year and since that time he has bought himself a few more and read the rest from the library. But of all the little bear books this is the one he picks up most often to read, after as an extra after doing our normal reading for the day. But my son has shown no interest in other books by Else Holmelund Minarik when I have pointed them out at the library or the book store. Unlike book 1 in t My son seems to have fallen in love with the Little Bear Books. There was one in a box set we purchased last year and since that time he has bought himself a few more and read the rest from the library. But of all the little bear books this is the one he picks up most often to read, after as an extra after doing our normal reading for the day. But my son has shown no interest in other books by Else Holmelund Minarik when I have pointed them out at the library or the book store. Unlike book 1 in this series this is a single story. As opposed to four separate stories each in their own chapter. But we also meet so many other characters that are not in the other stories. My son loves that the kiss keeps getting passed back and forth until it gets from Grandma to Little Bear. He also loved that Hen said no to a return kiss because it is so complicated. But the kiss does lead to a wedding and Little Bear and all his friends get dressed up for the occasion. Any book that my children like to read over and over again is a winner in my books, especially since we are now at the point where my son can read this whole book to be. The little bear stories are really fun. These books are geared for young readers ages 4-8 buy can be enjoyed by younger and older readers. In fact I have read this even with my tween and she thought the story was fun. The illustrations by Sendak are amazing and my son loves going over them again and again. They are good wholesome stories. I can really appreciate the sentiment in these books. I remember having read these book to my youngest brother many year ago and they are just as entertaining today. A wonderful book in a great series! Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other little bear books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vance Allen

    This book was cool. I like the telephone style communication of the kiss. The skunks was a little much for a children's book but they ended the story nicely by allowing them to get married. This is a must read to teach literacy in K-2. The words are small and the pictures really support retrieval, decoding and comprehension. Thank You Else Homelund Minarik. The author employed a strong sense of community in the book. Every character felt obliged to partake in delivering the kiss. I think this boo This book was cool. I like the telephone style communication of the kiss. The skunks was a little much for a children's book but they ended the story nicely by allowing them to get married. This is a must read to teach literacy in K-2. The words are small and the pictures really support retrieval, decoding and comprehension. Thank You Else Homelund Minarik. The author employed a strong sense of community in the book. Every character felt obliged to partake in delivering the kiss. I think this book allowed new readers multiple points for reentry and supporting details to fill in gaps. I understood that a kiss was being delivered even if I happened to miss the skunk section. I think that this book helps children understand in a playful way what kisses are. They can be from a loved family member or from a future spouse. I do not think this book is too much. I think the author did a great job of putting a game of telephone in a creative way. I would suggest that the author work on the print. It was a little bit odd. I assume this was due to the book coming out in 1968. When I write a book, I will make sure to incorporate one eww moment. Even though the kissing was awkward, it engages young readers. I say as long as they are reading, go with it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Little Bear’s circular story begins in the illustrations on the title page, drawing a Wild Things-styled picture that his friend Hen takes to Little Bear’s grandmother. In return laughing Grandmother asks Hen to take a kiss back to Little Bear and the fun really begins. How the kiss is relayed from Hen to a series of unlikely and amusing animals is pure delight! In the end, two skunks get caught up in a kiss exchange until the exasperated Hen gets the kiss back for final delivery to Little Bear Little Bear’s circular story begins in the illustrations on the title page, drawing a Wild Things-styled picture that his friend Hen takes to Little Bear’s grandmother. In return laughing Grandmother asks Hen to take a kiss back to Little Bear and the fun really begins. How the kiss is relayed from Hen to a series of unlikely and amusing animals is pure delight! In the end, two skunks get caught up in a kiss exchange until the exasperated Hen gets the kiss back for final delivery to Little Bear and a marriage for the happy skunk couple. The first Little Bear book was published in 1957 and marks the beginning of the popular I Can Read series of books from HarperCollins Publishers. The straightforward text, large typeface and plot-oriented illustrations all aid the beginning reader. Caldecott award-winner Sendak’s illustrations focus on the interactions between the animals and personify their actions and expressions that capture the warmth and amusement throughout the story. A Kiss For Little Bear is an ALA Notable Children’s Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book that will successfully engage children in their early independent reading.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Although this falls into the Beginning Reader genre there is little enough text per page that it can be used successfully in a story time for pre-school age children. It is a delightful circular story, meaning it ends where it begins. Little Bear paints a picture and sends it with Hen to give to his grandmother. Grandmother enjoys it so much that she gives Hen a kiss to take to Little Bear. The kiss goes from Hen to Frog to Cat to Skunk. The kiss goes back and forth between two skunks several tim Although this falls into the Beginning Reader genre there is little enough text per page that it can be used successfully in a story time for pre-school age children. It is a delightful circular story, meaning it ends where it begins. Little Bear paints a picture and sends it with Hen to give to his grandmother. Grandmother enjoys it so much that she gives Hen a kiss to take to Little Bear. The kiss goes from Hen to Frog to Cat to Skunk. The kiss goes back and forth between two skunks several times until Hen comes along and reminds them the kiss is from Grandmother and belongs to Little Bear. Hen wants to know which of the two skunks now has the kiss. She captures the kiss and takes it right to Little Bear. Little Bear is happy with the kiss and wishes to send one back to Grandmother but this time Hen declines. The skunks decide to get married and have a lovely wedding, at which Little Bear is the best man.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marlayna

    This book begins with Little Bear deciding to create a wonderful painting for his grandmother and wants to ask his friend, Hen, to deliver it to her. When Hen drops off the painting to the grandmother, she asks Hen to give Little Bear and kiss from her. While Hen is returning back, she ends up giving the kiss to frog that then passes the kiss to can and all the friends are passing on the kiss from grandmother. The kiss finally reaches Little Bear and the reader finds out that during the passing This book begins with Little Bear deciding to create a wonderful painting for his grandmother and wants to ask his friend, Hen, to deliver it to her. When Hen drops off the painting to the grandmother, she asks Hen to give Little Bear and kiss from her. While Hen is returning back, she ends up giving the kiss to frog that then passes the kiss to can and all the friends are passing on the kiss from grandmother. The kiss finally reaches Little Bear and the reader finds out that during the passing of kisses, two skunks fall in love and get married. The theme of giving can be easily seen in the plot of this book. Due to the amount of events that occur in this book, it would be helpful for young readers to try and recall the events as an educational activity. Being able to comprehend and understand the series of event in a story is an important component in reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Cootey

    This is by far my favorite book in the entire Little Bear series. From the inside joke of Where the Wild Things Are art to the hen scolding the skunks for kissing too much while Little Bear looks on, the book was simply a delight. I enjoyed the skillful ink renderings, the (once again) creative use of a limited palette of spot colors, and the writing. Else Holmelund Minarik & Maurice Sendak were at their best for their final bow. Even the stage call at the end of the book didn't feel overly se This is by far my favorite book in the entire Little Bear series. From the inside joke of Where the Wild Things Are art to the hen scolding the skunks for kissing too much while Little Bear looks on, the book was simply a delight. I enjoyed the skillful ink renderings, the (once again) creative use of a limited palette of spot colors, and the writing. Else Holmelund Minarik & Maurice Sendak were at their best for their final bow. Even the stage call at the end of the book didn't feel overly sentimental like the previous book did. I just loved it and highly recommend the entire series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eva Marie

    I had no idea this was part of a series. (My library is lacking in a few areas.) Now that I know I'll have to order the first 4 books since this is apparently the 5th. We both really liked this little story and I loved the fact that 90% of the words are words Julia already knows how to read and spell. Enough people have gone over the description of the book so I won't venture there. I will say it's a great book for younger kids learning to read - there are a lot of easy words like 'it', 'is', 'am' I had no idea this was part of a series. (My library is lacking in a few areas.) Now that I know I'll have to order the first 4 books since this is apparently the 5th. We both really liked this little story and I loved the fact that 90% of the words are words Julia already knows how to read and spell. Enough people have gone over the description of the book so I won't venture there. I will say it's a great book for younger kids learning to read - there are a lot of easy words like 'it', 'is', 'am', 'him', etc. And there are a few slightly tougher words thrown in also. No words that I would say are actually hard for a beginner. The story itself is super cute and got some giggles throughout us reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Paterson

    I read these books with my mom when I was small and they're just as wonderful now as they were 25 years ago. Little Bear is just unbearably sweet and I can now truly appreciate Mother Bear as well who demonstrates patience and ironic detachment when it comes to the antics of her Little Bear. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are beautiful and truly make the stories come to life. I've read a whole bunch of these stories to my son, and he enjoys them, but not as much as I do I think. There's a n I read these books with my mom when I was small and they're just as wonderful now as they were 25 years ago. Little Bear is just unbearably sweet and I can now truly appreciate Mother Bear as well who demonstrates patience and ironic detachment when it comes to the antics of her Little Bear. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are beautiful and truly make the stories come to life. I've read a whole bunch of these stories to my son, and he enjoys them, but not as much as I do I think. There's a nostalgia in them that beckons me. My son seems to like them well enough, but it could be that they'll be better for slightly older children. Maybe 5-6.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a cute story in the "Little Bear" series. Little Bear draws a picture for his grandmother and uses Hen to deliver it. She is then sent to deliver a kiss to Little bear and the kiss is transferred from one creature to another until it finally gets to Little Bear. The ending is a little disjointed, but it's a sweet book to read aloud with children. I kiss them each time the kiss is passed along. This is a cute story in the "Little Bear" series. Little Bear draws a picture for his grandmother and uses Hen to deliver it. She is then sent to deliver a kiss to Little bear and the kiss is transferred from one creature to another until it finally gets to Little Bear. The ending is a little disjointed, but it's a sweet book to read aloud with children. I kiss them each time the kiss is passed along.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Littig

    This book is from 1968, and it is a little odd. The pictures are quite odd, too. Little bear draws a frightening monster picture for grandmother and has hen take it to her. From there grandmother gives hen a kiss to send back to little bear, but he finds many different animals on his way who keep transferring the kiss to one another. Just the whole thing is a bit odd. Not one of my faves.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cam Rowe

    This is one of my favourite books. Grandmother's kiss for Little Bear has quite an adventure as it is passed around the animals. Little Skunk has the best time with it, and it leads to an abrupt and adorable change of pace at the story's finish. This is one of my favourite books. Grandmother's kiss for Little Bear has quite an adventure as it is passed around the animals. Little Skunk has the best time with it, and it leads to an abrupt and adorable change of pace at the story's finish.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ilyen Marban

    Basically a story of friendship and little bears determination to make something for his friends.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Orellana

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Little Bear, and this story is so sweet! The little skunk wedding at the end made our day <3

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    So cute!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    I remember these books from when I was a child, and it takes me a bit down memory lane to hear them again.

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